Maryland may be 1st to hold fantasy sports referendum
Maryland would become the first state to let voters decide whether the popular but controversial phenomenon of Internet fantasy sports betting is fully legal, under a bill now pending in the legislature.
But if the House of Delegates decides not to put the matter to referendum or if the referendum happens and voters say no another pending bill would explicitly ban the practice, which has been debated all over the country. Nearly 30 legislatures are considering proposals to regulate, ban or af ...
Mar 25, 2016, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery bills fail
Would have added online sales, removed ticket expiration
Connecticut Lottery players won't get to enjoy buying tickets online or without expiration dates anytime soon.
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee declined to vote on the proposals by its deadline Tuesday, after hearing opposition from lottery officials, convenience store owners and gambling addiction experts.
There just wasn't support for these going forward, said state Sen. Timothy Larson, D-East Hartford, co ...
Mar 19, 2016, 8:40 pm - 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
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
Connecticut considers allowing online lottery ticket sales
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would move the Connecticut Lottery online for state residents.
A bill raised by the legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee would allow for lottery tickets to be sold online through a licensed vendor. If the bill moves forward, Connecticut would be one of the few states in the country to offer online lottery tickets. It would also be one of the only states to sell online tickets through an outside vendor.
I've never heard of this befor ...
Mar 8, 2016, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia becomes first state to formally legalize daily fantasy sports
Virginia Monday signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act, a bill outlining how daily fantasy sport sites like DraftKings and FanDuel can operate legally in the state. The law is the nation's first formal recognition of the industry after months of heated legal activity in multiple states.
Regulators and lawmakers around the country have sought bans on the websites on the grounds they constitute illegal online gambling. The Virginia legislature first approved the new bill in February. Governor ...
Mar 7, 2016, 9:24 pm - 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
WV Lottery officials oppose jackpot anonymity bill
The times of the big lottery check presentations may soon come to an end in West Virginia.
Winners of big jackpots would no longer have to make required public appearances to claim those prizes if a bill that's moving at the State Capitol becomes law.
The West Virginia Lottery is opposing the bill because of what John Myers, acting director of the Lottery, called an expectation of transparency among players.
They want to know that, when we tell them that there's a grand prize winner, t ...
Mar 2, 2016, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa House votes to allow touchscreen lottery machines
The Iowa House kicked off the seventh week of the 2016 session by approving a bill to make buying lottery tickets easier.
Touch-screen lottery machines should result in an additional $30.5 million in revenue for Iowa Lottery the next two fiscal years, increasing total revenue to $321.5 million, according to a fiscal note from the Legislative Services Bureau. That will mean about $6.2 million more transferred to the state general fund.
The self-serve kiosks will replace older pull tabs and ...
Feb 23, 2016, 4:55 pm - 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