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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

Illinois lottery players could lose ability to play online
A test program that allows Illinois Lottery tickets to be sold online expires March 25, and the state is likely to lose out on money for education and construction projects unless lawmakers take action. A measure to make online lottery sales permanent has yet to move in the House, and lawmakers aren't scheduled to return to the Capitol until April 4. In 2012, Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online and gambling options expanded with the addition of a mobile app in 20 ...
Mar 4, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum

No consensus on what an Alabama lottery would look like
Is a lottery coming to Alabama? Some lawmakers say that's the winning ticket when it comes to fixing the state's budget problems. But, it's a controversial issue with some lawmakers morally opposed to the idea. It has been 17 years since Alabamians voted no on a lottery, and they might get the chance to vote once again. Even the lawmakers who do want a lottery don't agree on what kind of lottery is right for Alabama. The only wild card would be a lottery which would be difficult to bud ...
Feb 22, 2016, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum

Odds not in favor of Alabamians voting on a lottery this year
Leadership in the Alabama Senate says there's less than a coin flip's chance a lottery bill passes the upper chamber this year. Polls show the people of Alabama want to vote on whether to create a lottery. But, many senators say they want to make sure the right proposal goes before the people and they haven't seen it yet. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh was asked if any of the current lottery proposals stand a chance this year. I'd give them about a 40 percent chance, said Marsh. I ...
Feb 19, 2016, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum

Alabama House committee OKs lottery bill
A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved a bill that would allow voters to decide whether to establish a lottery in the state of Alabama. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, would currently authorize a vote on a lottery. But Harper said in committee and after the vote that he expected an amendment that would describe distribution of proceeds, which he expected to be shared between Education Trust Fund and the General Fund. Our vote today is for our citizens' right ...
Feb 10, 2016, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum