Details emerge about Alabama Gov.'s lottery vision
Governor Robert Bentley said money from a possible Alabama lottery would not fund education, but he's still optimistic voters will approve it.
The Governor provided some details about his plans for this month's special session at a visit to local media outlet WBRC. He's hoping legislators will green light a November ballot initiative, giving Alabama voters another chance to approve a statewide lottery. A similar measure was voted down in 1999. Bentley admitted he was among those who voted aga ...
Aug 3, 2016, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Online lottery sales not approved by Massachusetts lawmakers
Massachusetts lottery players are going to have to wait a little bit longer if they want to buy lottery tickets online.
In their most recent economic development bill passed Sunday, Massachusetts legislators chose not to authorize the state lottery to begin online gaming.
Lawmakers said that they wanted to address other priorities. Those included $500 million in funding for MassWorks infrastructure, and $45 million for new equipment in career and technical education. A new tax deduction to ...
Aug 2, 2016, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama governor calls special session for state lottery
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley believes a statewide lottery is the permanent solution to fixing Alabama's funding woes, and Wednesday, he called for a special session to discuss the proposal.
In a video released on the Office of the Governor website Wednesday morning, Bentley said the goal is to get the proposal passed by the Legislature and hold a statewide vote on amending the state's constitution to allow for a lottery.
The time has come for us to find a permanent solution. This solution ...
Jul 27, 2016, 8:02 pm - Lottery News forum
British Columbia Lottery taking bets on US election
Who says Canadians can't participate in US elections?
No, they can't vote in US elections, but Canadians can place bets on who is going to win.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has been taking bets on the 2016 U.S. election since early last year. It's become the most popular wager in an online gaming category the lottery calls novelty betting.
The provincial lottery contracts with a global sportsbook based in Ireland to set the odds. BC Lottery spokesman Doug Cheng said the odd ...
Jul 26, 2016, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama may try lottery vote in special session
According to Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Alabama lawmakers are being polled in regard to their support for legislation establishing a lottery ahead of a presumed special session.
Gov. Robert Bentley said last week he's considering a special session to tackle budget issues, such as the lingering $85 million gap in the state's Medicaid program. Lawmakers funded up to $700 million for Medicaid, which requires at least $785 million to operate.
A special session would be called ...
Jul 25, 2016, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmaker pushing for lottery vote on Nov. ballot
A lottery vote in Alabama in November? One lawmaker says he wants that to be a reality.
Several lottery bills didn't make it to a vote this past legislative session.
Governor Robert Bentley says a special session is possible this fall, to deal with funding issues with Medicaid.
But one senator, Jim McClendon of Montgomery, says he wants to use that session to pass a lottery bill.
McClendon says he hasn't released any copies of the bill, but says if the session is called in time, he c ...
Jul 21, 2016, 8:39 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
WV Lottery officials keeping eye on PA internet gambling bill
West Virginia Lottery officials are closely monitoring legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would significantly expand legalized gambling in that state.
Those guys are aggressive, I'll just say that, acting lottery director John Myers said Tuesday of the legislation, which would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling, would allow state casinos to operate satellite locations with up to 250 slot machines each and would allow slot m ...
Jul 12, 2016, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery may offer online games
In response to declining sales among digitally savvy young adults, the Massachusetts State Lottery is calling on lawmakers to open a new gambling frontier lottery games offered around the clock on mobile devices and computers.
The only way to reach the younger market is via online lottery games, said state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who oversees the Lottery Commission. It's the future and we need to face it.
Goldberg said the state lottery has studied online games and is now seeking legisla ...
Jul 12, 2016, 9:33 am - 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