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Two Alaska state lottery plans are about to be debated; here's how they'd work
Alaska is one of five U.S. states without a lottery. This year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House Majority Leader Steve Thompson, a Republican from Fairbanks, have each offered plans to change that. With Alaska state government projecting a $1.5 billion budget deficit, both men have said a lottery could be one step toward a broader fix. But both have proposed very different approaches. Thompson is suggesting a draw-style lottery that would raise between $8 million and $10 million a year for the ...
Feb 17, 2020, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum

Alaska governor proposes lottery amid budget woes
Alaska, long-reliant on oil and in search of options amid a persistent budget deficit, may turn to the lottery for help. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a lottery. His administration said it could serve as part of his goal of providing greater fiscal stability. It comes on the heels of deep budget cuts Dunleavy proposed last year that were met with public outcry. That anger helped fuel a recall effort against him now tied up in the courts. His budge ...
Feb 14, 2020, 12:34 pm - Lottery News forum

Former Anchorage mayor is pushing for an Alaska state lottery
Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is in Juneau, Alaska, this week hoping to hit the jackpot: He's trying to convince lawmakers to authorize a state lottery. Sullivan, who finished his second three-year term as mayor last year, said in an interview that a lottery could take a small bite out of the state's $3.8 billion budget deficit. And he's talked with more than a dozen lawmakers this week about approving legislation to set up a state lottery corporation, which would allow Alaska to partic ...
Jan 24, 2016, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum

Alaska lottery assault leads to 3-year sentence
The man accused of attacking the winner of Alaska's biggest lottery with a metal pipe or rod pleaded guilty this week to a reduced charge of second-degree assault, a prosecutor said. Brandon Hughes, a 20-year-old from the Los Angeles area, was sentenced to three years in prison under a plea bargain, said prosecutor Clint Campion. Hughes will be eligible for parole and time off for good behavior, which is usually about one-third of the sentence. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Patrick McK ...
May 20, 2009, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum

Infamous Alaska lottery winner attacked
Apparently not a robbery attempt, policeman says The man who won Alaska's first half-million-dollar lottery was attacked on a downtown Anchorage street yesterday afternoon with a tire iron or metal pipe, according to police. Police say Alec Ahsoak, 53, was attacked when a man approached him to ask if he was the man who won the $500,000 jackpot. Whether the attack was motivated by Ahsoak's winning the lottery or the widely distributed reports that he is a three-time convicted sex offende ...
Jan 14, 2009, 3:11 pm - Lottery News forum

Sex offender wins Alaska lottery that aids sex abuse victims
The winner of the $500,000 Alaska lottery to benefit a nonprofit that aids victims of sexual abuse is himself a convicted sex offender. Alec Ahsoak, 53, came forward to claim his winnings on Saturday, said lottery organizer Abe Spicola, who owns Lucky Times Pull Tabs in Anchorage. He said he was going to buy a house and said he was going to donate part of it to God, and you know charity, Spicola said. Specifically, Ahsoak said he planned to give $100,000 of the jackpot to Standing Toge ...
Jan 11, 2009, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum

Alaska lottery fundraiser hits the jackpot
With a half-million-dollar payoff as the lure, a lottery of unprecedented scale in Alaska has proven immensely popular, with tickets selling out in shops across the state as the initially scheduled drawing time approached Wednesday evening, according to organizers. In the end, though, late-arriving ticket stubs from the Bush prompted organizers to postpone the drawing a week. But liquor stores, pull-tab parlors and restaurants in nearly 30 communities had already sold about 130,000 tickets ...
Jan 1, 2009, 11:41 pm - Lottery News forum

Alaska man wins lottery for-life prize
An Alaska resident has won an Oregon Lottery game worth $52,000 per year for life -- a prize that went unclaimed for more than a month.Roy Wilson of Cordova, Alaska, bought tickets for the Oct. 30 Win for Life drawing at an Albertsons supermarket in Salem while visiting relatives. Wilson, a fishing-business owner, returned to Alaska and was fishing when the drawing was held.His relatives read a Nov. 13 article in the Statesman Journal that said a winning ticket for the $1,000-per-week-for-life p ...
Dec 6, 2004, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum

Alaska closer to getting lottery
Alaskans could be betting on a new state lottery soon after the upcoming legislative session ends next spring. On Monday, several members of the state house and senate spoke to business leaders about the upcoming session, and gambling, at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Several lawmakers are betting that if new forms of gambling are created, the additional revenue will help bridge the state's fiscal gap. However, many lawmakers including Governor Frank Murkowski are opposed to expandi ...
Dec 9, 2003, 4:56 am - Lottery News forum

House GOP pushes for gambling
Republican leaders of the Alaska state House are pushing ahead on video poker and a state lottery and are pointing to a new poll as evidence that Alaskans are interested in more gambling. This latest poll shows that Alaskans have basically changed their attitude, said House Speaker Pete Kott, a Republican from Eagle River.But less than half the people surveyed by the recent poll supported video gambling initially. It was only after the pollster read them pro-gambling information that support fo ...
Nov 13, 2003, 5:20 am - Lottery News forum

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