Arkansas Lottery Commision takes shape
Confusion over salary cap for director position
Arkansas House Speaker Robbie Wills appointed three members to the newly created Arkansas Lottery Commission, and his lottery cleanup bill to clarify the salary of the commission's director cleared a committee Wednesday.
Wills appointed Joe White of Conway, Mike Malone of Fayetteville, and Susan Ward-Jones of Marion.
I established a criteria [for appointees] of honesty, integrity, and state and community responsibility, Wills said. These ...
Apr 4, 2009, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery tickets may be available by this fall
The Arkansas lottery is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Soon, people in Arkansas will be able to go into convenience stores and gas stations and buy lottery tickets in their own state rather than heading to one of the boardering states to get their chance at the big money.
March 25, Gov. Mike Beebe signed both the identical Senate and House bills passing the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act. Arkansas will soon join boardering states Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas ...
Apr 4, 2009, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery bracing for loss of Arkansas dollars
Legislature refuses to consider bill increasing prizes
Oklahoma will be a big loser when Arkansas begins its lottery games, an official said.
The Oklahoma lottery is expected to lose as much as $12 million in sales during the first year Arkansas has its games, said Jim Scroggins, who is the executive director of Oklahoma's lottery.
We estimate, based on prizes claimed by Arkansas residents, that we will, Scroggins said.
That would result in a loss of $3.5 million to $4 million for e ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery bill signed into law
May be up running this year
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe signed identical House and Senate bills into law today to create an Arkansas Lottery to fund scholarships to Arkansas college students.
You could look at this as Arkansas becoming the 43 state to have a lottery, but there's another way to look at it. We're the first state where all of the lottery proceeds will go to college scholarships, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who spearheaded the drive for the constitutional amendment voters passed last ...
Mar 26, 2009, 6:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Senate, House pass lottery bills, send to governor
The Arkansas House and Senate on Monday passed each other's identical versions of legislation to set up Arkansas' lottery to fund college scholarships.
The House voted 94-0 to approve Senate Bill 26 by Sen. Terry Smith, D-Hot Springs, and the Senate voted 34-0 to approve House Bill 1002 by House Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway. The bills now go to the governor, who is expected to sign them this week.
The legislation calls for creation of a nine-member lottery commission, with three members ...
Mar 24, 2009, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery approaches final votes this week
After months of negotiations, Arkansas lawmakers plan to give their final seal of approval this week to the state's new lottery and scholarship program.
Voters approved the games last November, and legislative leaders filed shell bills that same month to put in place the lottery, which will fund college scholarships for Arkansas students.
The House and Senate are expected to cast final votes Monday on the lottery measure, which calls for scholarships for any student with a 2.5 grade point ...
Mar 23, 2009, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum
More Arkansas lottery details emerge
Depending on how much money it collects, Arkansas' state-run lottery could fund college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,500 annually under a draft bill released to lawmakers Wednesday.
Discussing the draft in a legislative committee meeting, House Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway, said he and the other lawmakers who have been working on the bill believe scholarship amounts should be tied to the performance of the lottery, which is still unknown.
We believe the bottom line is this: Th ...
Feb 26, 2009, 7:52 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery bill nearing completion
In Arkansas, the lottery is one of the biggest issues of this legislative session.
Speaker of the House Robbie Wills filed the first bill related to the issue, but it didn't have much in it. That's all about to change.
The speaker has been working on this very large document for months; in fact, he says he's learned more about how lotteries run than he ever thought he would.
It's in two parts: how the lottery operates and how the scholarships are funded and distributed.
The operation ...
Feb 24, 2009, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Details about Arkansas Lottery emerge
In a memo to House members late Monday afternoon, House Speaker Robbie Wills, D-Conway, provided an overview of draft legislation to create Arkansas' voter-approved lottery for college scholarships.
As it stands now, the legislation which may be more than 100 pages when the final version is filed calls for net proceeds from the state-run lottery to fund a new scholarship program to be known as the Arkansas Opportunity Scholarship Program.
A new division of the state Department of Higher Ed ...
Feb 10, 2009, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery bill nearly ready for review
When lawmakers finally get their hands on the bill to create the Arkansas lottery, they may want to find a comfortable chair they'll be reading for a while.
When it's filed, you will understand why it's taken so long, House Speaker Robbie Wills said in an interview in his office. It's going to be over 100 pages.
Wills filed a shell lottery bill in the House before the session started, after voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to create a state lottery to fund colleg ...
Feb 2, 2009, 3:24 pm - Lottery News forum