Is it game over for the Texas Lottery?
Some Texas lawmakers say it may be time to scratch out the lottery.
More than two decades after Texas voters legalized the game of chance in the state, a group of lawmakers will soon start reviewing whether to end at multibillion-dollar industry that pumps more than $1 billion a year into schools.
Critics say they fear that the game financially hurts some of the most vulnerable Texans and doesn't do enough to help the state. Supporters disagree and question where $1 billion a year can be f ...
Aug 2, 2014, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Legislative committee to discuss killing the Texas Lottery
The Texas Legislature's discussions about eliminating the state lottery are moving forward.
House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced his appointments to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission, a new panel charged with studying the ramifications of ending the lottery, along with examining charitable bingo and how its revenue is distributed.
The appointees include three Harris County lawmakers, one of whom is a vocal lottery critic.
Jul 25, 2014, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. school construction lottery money doesn't really build schools
Includes video report
Where does the North Carolina Education Lottery money go? You know, you buy a ticket, you put money into the education lottery, and you think all that money goes to North Carolina schools. But that is not quite how it works.
Of every dollar, 61% goes back into the lottery for prizes, 28% goes to education, and 11% go back to retailers and the lottery for administration.
Of that 28 percent for schools, the Education Lottery website says 45.8% goes to teacher pay, 20 ...
Jul 10, 2014, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Legislature passes lottery bill scrapping online scratch-off games
Gov. unsure if he will sign bill
Both the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved restrictions on online sales of state lottery tickets.
The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he hasn't decided whether he'll sign it.
Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, called implementation of the new electronic games overreach by the administration.
Politically, we pinned their ears back, said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston. The lottery needs to have some controls, some ...
May 17, 2014, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum
Colorado moves to forbid online lottery sales
The Colorado House gave initial approval to prohibiting the sale of lottery tickets online.
The bill would forbid the Colorado Lottery Commission from approving such sales, and only in-person sales at licensed stores would be allowed. Lawmakers voted yes on the measure Monday with an unrecorded voice vote, setting up a final vote this week to refer the bill to the Senate.
Loveland Republican Rep. Brian DelGrosso, the sponsor of the bill, says it's a way to curb underage gambling.
Feb 24, 2014, 5:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania will not privatize lottery
Pennsylvania is scrapping a deal with a U.K.-based company to privatize management of the state's lottery system, Governor Tom Corbett said on Monday.
The state struck a deal more than a year ago with Camelot Global Services LLC, a subsidiary of Britain's national lottery operator, Camelot Group PLC, to guarantee $34.6 billion in payments to the state over 20 years to manage the Pennsylvania lottery.
But Corbett's administration repeatedly had to extend the contract after Pennsylvania Atto ...
Dec 31, 2013, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Senate may work privatization deal
But solution may not come until 2014
There is broad support among Senate Republicans to give the governor authority for a private company to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery and legalize electronic games such as keno to boost state revenue, the Senate majority leader said on Monday.
But quick action in the Legislature appears unlikely, said Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County. He didn't rule out a vote on Tuesday but noted long odds against that happening. Many senators want further vet ...
Dec 10, 2013, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. extends lottery privatization contract
Gov. Tom Corbett's administration will continue its examination into the privatization of the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery for two more months.
The administration announced Tuesday that United Kingdom-based Camelot Global Services has agreed for an 11th time to extend its bid's expiration date, which was set to expire today. It now is good through Dec. 31.
Camelot, the lone company to submit a bid, committed to generating $34.6 billion in profits to fund lottery-funded programs f ...
Oct 30, 2013, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Gov. defends lottery privatization exploration
If privatizing the Pennsylvania Lottery's management isn't the answer to ensuring reliable and predictable funding for programs for older Pennsylvanians, what is?
That's the question that a spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett raised in responding to state Treasurer Rob McCord call on Monday to pull the plug on the administration's lottery private management agreement (PMA) pursuit.
Our need is outpacing our ability to fund those programs, said Corbett press secretary Jay Pagni. The PMA is a ve ...
Oct 29, 2013, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery privatization pursuit nears another deadline
Treasurer Rob McCord urges Corbett to drop the idea
The price tag for exploring Gov. Tom Corbett's idea for outsourcing management of the Pennsylvania Lottery has crossed the $4 million threshold and is marching toward the $5 million mark.
Recent revisions to the contract with the administration's outside legal advisers, DLA Piper, alone now allow it to be paid as much as $3.4 million.
That is up from the original $375,000 cap set when the firm was hired in March 2012 and has steadily r ...
Oct 28, 2013, 8:45 pm - Lottery News forum