Idaho Lottery-winner secrecy bill headed to House floor
A proposal to provide more confidentiality for lottery winners got pushback Wednesday from the Idaho State Lottery Commission, but was ultimately approved by a legislative panel.
This idea came to me from one of my constituents: an elderly lady who was a lottery winner but was quickly harassed by phone calls and people showing up at her door, trying to separate her from her winnings, said Rep. Lynn Luker (R-Boise). If we approve this, Idaho would join six other states that offer some form of ...
Feb 15, 2017, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana lawmaker wants scratch-off lottery game to help homeless veterans
An Indiana Senate lawmaker wants the Hoosier Lottery to create a new scratch-off game to benefit homeless veterans.
Sen. Ron Alting's (R-Lafayette) bill would allow the Hoosier Lottery to create a new scratch-off game. Money from the game would go into a Veterans Homelessness Assistance Fund, created by the bill.
Alting says those dollars would flow, via grants, to organizations that help homeless veterans.
It goes for temporary housing and yes it goes for clothing and yes it can go fo ...
Feb 1, 2017, 6:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Gov. to support casino bill if lottery not impacted
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday he won't oppose legislation that would legalize casino gambling as long as it doesn't devastate the state's popular lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program.
We need to be absolutely certain that if a casino bill passes, it doesn't adversely impact a lottery program for the state, he said. That is the first big marker to make sure that we don't devastate what is probably perceived as the most successful lottery program in the country.
The governor ...
Jan 24, 2017, 12:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts lawmakers renew push for online lottery sales
If Massachusetts lawmakers pass a plan backed by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the state lottery could be coming to phones and computers across the Commonwealth.
After falling short in the last legislative session, proponents of expanding the state lottery into the digital world are renewing their push.
I had to come around to this thinking because I myself hadn't thought about online lottery games, but I saw the way millennials are operating is really online, Goldberg said. This past ...
Jan 24, 2017, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia nixes online lottery ticket sales
A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee jettisoned legislation that would have allowed the Virginia Lottery to sell tickets on the Internet.
Convenience store owners were among those opposed to the bill that would have opened the door to online gambling. This is the first time a Virginia Assembly Committee has voted on the issue.
Del. Roxann Robinson introduced the bill, which was defeated 6-1 in a House General Laws subcommittee. The commonwealth is always looking for additional fundin ...
Jan 19, 2017, 7:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama Gov. says lottery opponents 'should be ashamed of themselves'
After going back and forth during a special session of the Alabama Legislature, Friday, lawmakers declared the lottery bill dead.
That means you won't have the chance to vote for or against a state lottery this November.
Governor Robert Bentley's frustration was evident this weekend during an interview with local media. He said lawmakers standing in the way of what he calls Alabama Progress should be ashamed of themselves.
Bentley says the debate over a state lottery isn't just about ga ...
Aug 29, 2016, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Senate Democrats kill Alabama lottery bill over dog track concerns
It was a step away from passage.
Then the lottery bill fell off a cliff.
Needing just one final vote to go on a future election ballot, a proposal to establish a statewide lottery collapsed in the Alabama Senate Friday when Democrats, key to the bill's success, withdrew their support amid concerns language in the bill or not taken up by the House of Representatives -- could give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a gaming monopoly at the expense of the state's existing dog tracks.
If we ...
Aug 27, 2016, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Hope still alive: Alabama House passes modified lottery bill
The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts.
Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate where senators must decide whether to go along with mostly minor House changes to the legislation.
The Republican governor, seeking t ...
Aug 26, 2016, 5:56 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery vote manuevering fractures Republican caucus
Two senators have resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus in the wake of last week's vote to approve a statewide lottery, citing policy differences and claiming senate leaders violated their own rules in an effort to muscle the bill through.
The bill, which was approved by a margin of 21-12, would send $100 million of lottery revenue each year to Medicaid, which is facing a $70 million shortfall this year, with the rest going to the General Fund.
The bill endured a filibuster on the sen ...
Aug 24, 2016, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery bill won't make it on November ballot
The Alabama House of Representatives today blocked a committee meeting that was necessary for Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery proposal to get on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.
That means that if lawmakers still approve a proposed constitutional amendment to allow a lottery during the special session, a special election would be required to place it on the ballot for voters.
Bentley, who proposed the lottery as a way to boost funding for the state General Fund and Medicaid, said t ...
Aug 23, 2016, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum