Mississippi lawmakers approve lottery bill
Governor promises to sign into law
The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it.
The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state's Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate Tuesday as a few representatives changed their votes from no to yes.
Mississippi is one of six states without a ...
Aug 29, 2018, 11:04 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery bill advances, but more work remains
Mississippi could be inching closer to creating a lottery and leaving the list of six states that don't offer the game of chance.
The Mississippi House voted 71-43 Friday to pass a lottery bill . That happened a day after the state Senate voted 30-20 for its own version of the same bill.
However, work remains.
The House made several changes to the bill, including requiring that a lottery corporation abide by longstanding Open Meetings and Public Records laws. When the bill passed the Se ...
Aug 26, 2018, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lawmakers, casinos, lottery 'all in' for sports betting
It's estimated that Americans spend somewhere between $100 billion and $150 billion annually on illegal sports betting.
Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May overturning a federal law that had prohibited legalized sports betting in all but Nevada, Iowa lawmakers, retailers and casinos are looking at how best to bring black market bettors into the light.
They're all in, Rep. Jake Highfill, R-Johnston, said about Democratic and Republican colleagues who have been calling him since th ...
Jul 12, 2018, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
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.
I t ...
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