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Mississippi voters approved a lottery 24 years ago, so where is it?
Every time a Powerball jackpot grows to life-altering levels, Mississippians pour across the state line to buy tickets. Americans spent $73 billion on lottery tickets last year, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Mississippi voters approved a state lottery back in 1992, but the Legislature never followed up and has voted down all of the dozens of bills introduced to legalize the lottery. In the last session, Rep. Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, sp ...
Oct 9, 2016, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum

N.M. Lottery chief wants to scrap earmark for education
The head of the New Mexico Lottery says his organization could provide more money for students if the Legislature scrapped a requirement pledging 30 percent of ticket sales to college scholarships. David Barden, chief executive officer of the lottery, said eliminating the requirement would allow for larger cash prizes and higher-priced lottery tickets, such as a $20 model. In the long run, Barden said, that change would pay off with more money from the lottery going to the college scholarship ...
Oct 3, 2016, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery shatters records with $5 billion in sales
The Texas Lottery announced that it has achieved $5.068 billion in sales for fiscal year 2016, breaking the sales record it set just last fiscal year and resulting in a total contribution of $1.392 billion to Texas, the single largest annual transfer of revenue to the state. In celebration of the record sales and revenue, the Texas Lottery unveiled a new billboard today at an event at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin. This is the first time in our history that we have generated more t ...
Sep 30, 2016, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum

Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds being misused by Gov.
Includes video report The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day. But in the last decade, billions of lottery dollars have been diverted, an investigation found. According to the state lottery, 27 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes into the state lottery fund. The rest pays prizes and lottery administration costs. The point of the lottery program is to have people age at home and maintain their independence, Renee Cunningham of ...
Sep 28, 2016, 12:07 pm - Lottery News forum

Georgia Lottery transfers record-breaking $1.097B to education
The Georgia Lottery has transferred a record-breaking $1,097,567,000 to education for the 2016 fiscal year. Lottery officials said this is the first time the Georgia Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion in a single fiscal year, and it is the largest educational transfer in the lottery's 23-year history. We appreciate the commitment from our dedicated lottery and COAM retailers, players, vendor partners and employees. We are grateful to our board of directors for their leadership a ...
Jul 21, 2016, 6:19 am - Lottery News forum

Pennsylvania lottery winners now subject to state tax on prizes
By Todd Northrop The small number of states that don't tax lottery prizes has just shrunk by one state. Pennsylvania lawmakers approved levying new taxes Wednesday on a variety of different things including lottery prizes to help support the $31.5 billion state budget that went into effect earlier this week. The tax bill was approved by a 116-75 vote in the House and 28-22 vote in the Senate. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf quickly signed the tax bill and related bills to complete the budget pro ...
Jul 20, 2016, 10:43 am - Lottery News forum

N.J. increases initial state tax withholding on lottery winnings
But does not affect what winner would ultimately pay in state taxes If someone buys a winning ticket for Friday's $540 million Mega Millions game in New Jersey, the state will be collecting more money at payout than it would have last month. Under the new rates, winnings greater than $10,000 up to $500,000 will have 5 percent automatically withheld, and prizes above $500,000 will face an 8 percent withholding. Previously, prizes greater than $10,000 faced a withholding of 3 percent. The ...
Jul 7, 2016, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum

Illinois Gov. signs bill ensuring lottery prize payments
By Todd Northrop Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday night signed a bill giving the Illinois Lottery legal authority to continue all prize payouts if a budget deal is not reached. By passing SB 2047, Governor Rauner and the General Assembly are ensuring that the Illinois Lottery can continue its mission of supporting K-12 education, capital projects and select charitable causes throughout Illinois, said Acting Director Tim McDevitt. On December 7, 2015, Governor Rauner signed SB 20 ...
Jul 1, 2016, 11:55 am - Lottery News forum

Online sales fuel increase in Michigan Lottery revenue
Since it began in Michigan last Thanksgiving, Internet lottery sales have mushroomed along with the number of players using their smartphones and personal computers to play. In November 2015, the State Lottery Bureau, without fanfare, moved into the Internet gaming market, making it easier for players to bet from home instead of driving to the nearest lottery store to place a wager. At the outset there were about 86,000 players who registered with the state for the Internet games. The n ...
Jun 21, 2016, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery winners again might not get paid
People who've waited more than a year for Illinois leaders to finish a state budget might start to feel like the prospects of a compromise are similar to the odds of winning the lottery. Now, Illinois Lottery winners might again face the prospects of not being paid their jackpots in a timely manner if no spending deal is struck by the end of the month. Last year, lottery winners sued the state to get their payouts and eventually did after Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers agreed on a patchwo ...
Jun 17, 2016, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum

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