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
Mississippi lottery talk likely to coalesce odd coalition
Analysis: Natural foes to reunite yet again in opposition to lottery efforts
Nothing puts preachers and their flocks in political cahoots with the state's casino gaming industry barons faster than any serious talk of Mississippi authorizing a state lottery.
Fellow scribe Geoff Pender told us last week in a story about the possible prospects of Mississippi adopting a state lottery that Gov. Phil Bryant is open to a discussion of a state lottery.
The exact quote Pender attributed to Bryan ...
Oct 6, 2016, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Treasurer renews push for online lottery games, apps
State officials are renewing their push to make Massachusetts State Lottery games available online and through mobile phone applications, a move they hope will attract a new generation of young players.
Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, whose office oversees the Lottery, announced in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that she will file a bill in the state Legislature that would create an iLottery.
This is a critical economic opportunity that Massachusetts cannot affo ...
Oct 5, 2016, 4:03 pm - 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
Mississippi Gov. says he's open to discussing state lottery
Creating a lottery has been mostly just a sidebar debate in Mississippi and the Legislature for decades oft discussed, but never gonna happen.
Ever since former Gov. Ray Mabus' ill-fated push for one in 1990 helped get him un-elected, any effort to create a lottery has faced a certain gubernatorial veto and was, therefore, moot.
That appears to have changed.
As recently as January, Gov. Phil Bryant called the idea of a lottery a silly notion, and more directly said, I am not for it.
Oct 1, 2016, 9:32 pm - 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
Idaho Lottery, legislature may be headed for showdown over new games
Idaho State Lottery officials are asking potential vendors to provide information on how they would offer Keno, simulated racing, fantasy sports and other illegal gambling games when they bid on a lucrative decade-long contract.
The state Lottery Commission could select the winner of the 10-year contract which comes with two optional 5-year extensions as early as November.
But some lawmakers are upset about the lottery's request for information on games like Keno, which is specifically ban ...
Sep 12, 2016, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama Gov. says lottery opponents 'should be ashamed of themselves'
After going back and forth during a special session of the Alabama Legislature, Friday, lawmakers declared the lottery bill dead.
That means you won't have the chance to vote for or against a state lottery this November.
Governor Robert Bentley's frustration was evident this weekend during an interview with local media. He said lawmakers standing in the way of what he calls Alabama Progress should be ashamed of themselves.
Bentley says the debate over a state lottery isn't just about ga ...
Aug 29, 2016, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Senate Democrats kill Alabama lottery bill over dog track concerns
It was a step away from passage.
Then the lottery bill fell off a cliff.
Needing just one final vote to go on a future election ballot, a proposal to establish a statewide lottery collapsed in the Alabama Senate Friday when Democrats, key to the bill's success, withdrew their support amid concerns language in the bill or not taken up by the House of Representatives -- could give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a gaming monopoly at the expense of the state's existing dog tracks.
If we ...
Aug 27, 2016, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Hope still alive: Alabama House passes modified lottery bill
The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts.
Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate where senators must decide whether to go along with mostly minor House changes to the legislation.
The Republican governor, seeking t ...
Aug 26, 2016, 5:56 am - Lottery News forum