Wyoming Lottery expansion faces hurdles despite state money woes
As Wyoming loses millions of dollars in revenue from its declining minerals extraction industry, the state lottery has started paying off by distributing some of its profits to cash-strapped cities and towns.
A member of the board that oversees the Wyoming Lottery says the state might want to look at an expansion to tap even more revenue. But that would require expanding the type of games allowed a prospect that faces long odds in a Legislature wary of encouraging compulsive gambling.
May 30, 2016, 2:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Senate weighing plan to give Lottery 'broad mandate' for online games
If the Massachusetts State Lottery is to continue to thrive and return hundreds of millions of dollars to cities and towns, it must have the ability to move online in some fashion, its executive director said, but it first needs permission from the Legislature to test the World Wide Web's waters.
It's critical to the Lottery's future ability to produce revenue that we're allowed to engage clearly changing technology and, to me, what is a very strong change in the commerce pattern that consum ...
May 25, 2016, 12:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Editorial calls for revamp of Oregon Lottery governance
The Register-Guard editorial staff may be on to something for all states to consider
Last week's firing of Jack Roberts as director of the Oregon Lottery offers Oregonians a warning: A governance structure established by voters 30 years ago for a small-time scratch-off ticket operation may be poorly suited to the billion-dollar enterprise the lottery has become. The 2017 Legislature should study whether existing systems of oversight and control are adequate, and refer any needed improvements ...
May 4, 2016, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery won't happen in 2016
Alabama state lawmakers return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the final two days of the 2016 legislative session, but for supporters of a state lottery, the session has already ended.
Though Gov. Robert Bentley in March said he thought Alabama voters would overwhelmingly approve a state lottery if given the chance, a variety of lottery and gambling legislation failed to gain traction during the 2016 session.
A bill to allow Alabama to join multi-state lottery games like Powerball failed to m ...
May 3, 2016, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Legislature seems unlikely to approve lottery
Like buying a Powerball ticket, establishing an Alabama lottery seems more likely to end in grief than gain.
Efforts to create a statewide lottery appear to be dead in the current session, despite a Senate committee's approval Thursday of an amendment that would put the question before voters. Procedural rules in the Legislature's final days are likely to make its passage much more difficult, and House version of the bill appears stalled.
But the Senate's sponsor and other legislators say ...
Apr 23, 2016, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama senator makes one last push for lottery vote before end of legislative session
As the 2016 Alabama legislative session rushes to the finish line, one legislator is pushing for a lottery vote one last time.
The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee on Thursday voted 4-2 for a constitutional amendment that would allow Alabamians to vote on a state lottery.
Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) introduced a lottery bill at the beginning of the legislative session, and said at the time it would raise $300 million in additional revenue for the state on an annual basis. H ...
Apr 22, 2016, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania lottery wins to be taxed, if legislation passes
Winning the Pennsylvania Lottery may be a little less lucrative in a proposal that would allow the state to take a share of the jackpot through income tax.
Currently, such winnings are exempt from the state's personal income tax.
What does that mean in practice?
Let's use January's $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot as an example. For those who opted for the hypothetical lump sum the final $1.6 billion take was split between three winners of about $940 million, the feds would withhold a com ...
Mar 15, 2016, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum
NC Lottery tries persuading lawmakers to expand games
North Carolina could collect more money through the state-run lottery if it expanded the number of games offered, Lottery Director Alice Garland told lawmakers Thursday. But such a move would likely have to wait until next year and would have to get past a sizable cadre of conservatives deeply suspicious of any move to expand the games.
If that's a source of revenue other legislators want to pursue, that's out there, Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, said after the meeting, adding quickly that le ...
Mar 11, 2016, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
No $50K bonus for Washington retailer who sold winning lottery ticket
If you're Nirbhai Singh, 36, who started out delivering for Pizza Hut and now owns a couple of 7-Elevens, what else can you do but be philosophical about losing out on $50,000?
It was his West Seattle store at 9200 35th Ave. S.W. that sold the winning $157 million ticket in Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot.
The winner has yet to come forward.
As for Singh, whom everybody calls Sonny, until last year his store would have gotten a $50,000 bonus for selling a winning Powerball or Mega Milli ...
Mar 10, 2016, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to stop online, mobile app sales of single tickets
Legislation to save online sales fails
In less than two weeks, Illinois Lottery players hoping to strike it rich with single tickets purchased online or via the lottery's mobile app will be out of luck.
The Illinois Lottery Internet Pilot Program allows single tickets for the state's Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto games to be purchased online or via its mobile app. The test run ends March 25, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.
Bills that would have allowed the progr ...
Mar 9, 2016, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum