New Iowa Lottery ad has gambling foes fuming
Ties between collegiate sports and gambling are typically forbidden. So when a new Iowa Lottery commercial featuring the Iowa Fight Song and the Tigerhawk logo began airing Jan. 12, it should have come as no surprise that it caused some heads to turn.
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said the Lottery did nothing wrong when it used the logos and fight song in the commercial because his office had approved the use. He added, however, that his opinion recently had changed.
If I had it ...
Jan 19, 2007, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Gang 'used 007-style gadgets' to cheat casinos
A chef who turned high-tech poker cheat with an array of James Bond-style spy equipment to pocket an estimated 250,000 (US$491,000) was jailed for nine months today.
Yau Yiv Lam, 45, and two other partners in crime, repeatedly preyed on casinos throughout London using miniature up-the-sleeve cameras and virtually invisible earpieces to reverse the odds and chalk up a string of spectacular wins.
As he filmed cards dealt by the croupier, footage was beamed to an accomplice in a van equipp ...
Jan 15, 2007, 4:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Andy Rooney: Lotteries and lottery players are stupid
Editor: The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney, originally broadcast on March 19, 2006, and re-broadcast last night.
The study that Rooney quotes, saying that poor people gamble the most, is completely false. All credible studies show that all demographics gamble roughly the same amount. Rooney's commentary is shown here to illustrate the ignorant and myopic arguments of some anti-lottery critics.
I suppose it's true that I'm too easily annoye ...
Aug 7, 2006, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery licenses regained
The Massachusetts Lottery Commission has reinstated operating licenses for seven of the 11 bars or clubs that were suspended last month after poker slot machines were confiscated May 3 in state police raids.
In all, 38 poker video slot machines were seized by state police, along with $10,000 in cash, in the coordinated raids on 15 bars or clubs here, in Springfield and Chicopee. Although no criminal charges have been filed, the Lottery Commission quickly issued the suspensions.
Lottery sp ...
Jun 15, 2006, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
W.V. Lottery officials target 'coin-pusher' machines
Retailers could lose licenses if they have coin-pusher devices
Coin-pusher machines are popping up at limited video lottery businesses in violation of state law, and the West Virginia Lottery is warning operators that it will yank their licenses if they do not get rid of the devices.
Coin-pusher machines are touted as skills games by manufacturers and distributors. Players insert coins in the machines in an attempt to push other coins, tokens, jewelry or other prizes off rotating shelves a ...
Jun 2, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
464 gaming machines seized in S.C.
Businesses say despite payouts, games aren't illegal gambling
South Carolina authorities seized 464 gaming machines and computers Thursday from 13 York County businesses accused of hosting illegal gambling just over the N.C. state line.
Drawing attention were an increasing number of Internet cafes where customers played video slots with prepaid cards. Business owners defended them as legal sweepstakes. Authorities, however, said the cafes, which pay out money to winners, are thinly veile ...
Mar 3, 2006, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum
In Canada, betting on hockey is no gamble
In the packed food court beneath the Hyatt Regency at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Jeanne-Mance, Christian, a 19-year-old part-time college student, tosses the North Face jacket on the chair across from him and sits down with his A W cheeseburger, fries and Coke.
And begins poring over his sports betting slips.
Between bites, Christian fills in circles like he is taking a sports SAT, pausing to think before committing to his answers. On this day, the subject is Olympic hockey.
Feb 20, 2006, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Proposal takes aim at Lottery sales pitch to teens
Some lawmakers want to prohibit the Washington Lottery from advertising to anyone under 21 after learning the agency wants to increase its sales to teenagers.
The proposed advertising ban has been added to a House bill that would increase the gambling age to 21 in nontribal card rooms and minicasinos.
The amendment tells the Lottery to be a little more cautious, said Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds, the bill's prime sponsor.
Lottery spokeswoman Jacque Coe, said the agency's 2005-07 ...
Feb 9, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Wealthiest schools lose out in Okla. Lottery
Eight public school districts aren't receiving any of the $75 million allocated to common education this year from Oklahoma's lottery and racetrack/tribal casino laws.The reason: The schools are considered independently rich from local taxes on property and oil and gas production.That means those districts must use local money exclusively to fund teacher pay raises and full-day kindergarten, the two main programs Gov. Brad Henry cited in lauding the state's gambling partnership.Several other dis ...
Dec 26, 2005, 11:39 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery approves self-ban for players
The Iowa Lottery Board voted Tuesday to allow lottery players to self-ban themselves from winning game prizes in order to stem problem gambling.After pondering the self-ban move for a few months, and following announcement of record Iowa Lottery sales of $210 million last year, the board felt the time was right for a self-ban, Iowa Lottery CEO Ed Stanek said. We want to maximize our proceeds for the state with everyone playing in moderation, Stanek said. We don't want our success to be at the ...
Dec 7, 2005, 6:57 am - Lottery News forum