Massachusetts official warns lottery could become "irrelevant"
With time running out again on a bill that would authorize the Massachusetts Lottery to move online, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg offered a message to business leaders Wednesday morning: We don't want to go the way of Toys R Us.
The massive toy store chain announced plans to shut down its operations on March 15 and is now running liquidation sales across its more than 800 locations.
Goldberg, whose office oversees the Lottery, said Toys R Us was very late to the game to beginning to sell the ...
Jun 13, 2018, 10:01 pm - Lottery News forum
New law would stop Illinois Lottery from selling tickets after top prizes are gone
The Illinois Lottery would have to provide players with daily updates on how many top prizes remain in scratch-off games and wouldn't be able to keep selling tickets for those games indefinitely under a proposed change in state law.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Steve Stadelman in response to an investigation that found that the lottery was continuing to sell instant games, in some cases for weeks or months, after all top prizes had been claimed, with little warning to players.
The arti ...
Jun 7, 2018, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Joe Girardi pitches N.Y. legislature on sports gambling
Former Yankee calls for action before end of session
Joe Girardi wants New York's state legislators to take a swing at sports gambling.
The former New York Yankee player and manager came to the Capitol on behalf of Major League Baseball on Wednesday to advocate for a new state law regulating betting on sports. The door was opened to sports gambling in New York earlier this month when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that limited the states where it had been allowed.
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May 31, 2018, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Gov. signs bill allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous
By Todd Northrop
Georgia has joined a small but growing number of states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
On Monday Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed a bill allowing lottery winners with prizes over $250,000 to keep their identity secret upon request.
Prior to this point, Georgia state law required disclosure of big lottery winners' names and hometown be disclosed if requested under the state's Open Records Act, but did not require them to take photographs with oversize ...
May 12, 2018, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Australia moves to ban 'fake' online lottery wagering
Controversial lottery-betting service Lottoland described Australian legislation that will in effect banish it from the country as unnecessary and misguided , while newsagents and lottery sellers have welcomed the decision.
The Australian government on Tuesday said it would introduce new legislation to Parliament to prohibit so-called synthetic lotteries , in which gamblers can bet on foreign lottery outcomes rather than having to buy tickets in any draw.
The bill, to be introduced by Comm ...
May 2, 2018, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. lawmakers trying to meddle with lottery's new Keno game
New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday considered overhauling a new keno-style lottery game that the bill's sponsor worries will draw business away from Atlantic City's casinos.
The Democrat-led Assembly gaming committee heard testimony on legislation that would essentially gut how Quick Draw is played, reducing its drawings from every five minutes to just twice daily.
The legislation comes about six months after the lottery, which has struggled to meet revenue projections in recent years, unvei ...
Feb 8, 2018, 7:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Senate passes bill that would give lottery winners anonymity
A proposal that would allow Georgia lottery winners to remain anonymous took an important step forward Monday.
The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows any Georgian who wins more than $250,000 in a lottery to keep their name from being disclosed. The bill's proponents have said eight states have laws that allow winners partial or complete anonymity. The legislation now goes to the state House of Representatives.
The lawmakers who drafted Senate Bill 331 said the legislatio ...
Feb 6, 2018, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee bill would remove cash-only obstacle when purchasing lottery tickets
A billed filed by Tennessee legislators would make it easier to purchase lottery tickets.
How many times have you wanted to get in on the latest Powerball craze only to realize once in line you don't have any cash?
Under current law, all lottery tickets can only be purchased in-person and only with cash.
SB 1996/HB 2057 is sponsored by Franklin's Republican Senator Jack Johnson and Republican Representative Charles Sargent.
The bill authorizes the use of money orders, debit cards, an ...
Feb 1, 2018, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia bill would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — for a price
The Georgia Senate's higher education committee voted in favor Tuesday of allowing a bill to move forward that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but they would have to pay for that privacy.
Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 331, said the legislation is aimed at protecting multi-million dollar lottery winners from scam artists and other criminals.
It could put you at risk, Henson said during Tuesday's committee meeting.
Henson said eight ...
Jan 31, 2018, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia group fights to prevent lottery winners from claiming anonymously
An open-government advocacy group has denounced a bipartisan proposal being considered by the Georgia Senate that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
The Georgia First Amendment Foundation said in a statement that the proposed legislation raised transparency concerns. Clearly, letting a government agency hand out millions of dollars to private citizens with no public record is a bad idea, the group's statement said.
Democratic Sen. Steve Henson of Stone Mountain, who sponsored ...
Jan 29, 2018, 8:30 pm - Lottery News forum