Alabama lottery proposal set for Senate debate Tuesday
If Alabama approves a state-sponsored lottery, it will be heading down a well-worn path one trod by 44 states so far.
But one element of the lottery proposal by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, remains unusual: the Legislature would be able to spend the cash at its own discretion, rather than marking the money for a specific purpose, such as college scholarships.
It is uncommon for states not to earmark the money, Thomas Garrett, a University of Mississippi economist who studies state lotterie ...
May 10, 2015, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Texas legislature to consider lottery winner anonymity bill
What a turnaround.
In the 2013 session the Texas House passed a bill aimed at abolishing the state lottery.
But after some soul-searching mainly confronted with the fact the state would lose $1.1 billion a year for public education some representatives who wanted to eliminate the Texas Lottery Commission reversed their vote, in essence resuscitating the game.
Now House members may go a step further.
On Tuesday the 150-member chamber will consider a bill that would allow winners of mo ...
May 9, 2015, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. Senate passes bill restricting expansion of State Lottery
Minnesotans soon may no longer be able to buy lottery tickets at ATMs, gas pumps or online, as the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would restrict the Minnesota State Lottery's yearslong foray into new gambling platforms.
The decisive 56-8 vote was a rebuke to Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed a similar measure last year.
Bill author Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Republican advocates of the bill framed the issue as one of legislative prerogative, accusing the State Lott ...
May 9, 2015, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
GOP proposal would open door to lottery, casinos in Alabama
A constitutional amendment that would legalize gambling in Alabama authorizes a lottery, casino gambling and expanded Indian gaming.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican from Birmingham, Ala., gave other state senators an initial draft of the legislation Thursday. It calls for a Sept. 15 election so voters can decide the amendment's fate in wake of a projected $250 million shortfall in state's revenues this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
I could come in on Tuesday and my co ...
May 5, 2015, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries head to Washington to enforce states' rights on gambling
Restoration of America's Wire Act legislation would restrict your rights to spend your money as you please
State Lottery officials from across the United States held meetings with members of Congress today in Washington, D.C., to add their voices to those of state lawmakers advocating for the federal government to continue to support states' authority to establish their own gambling policies.
The lottery officials expressed their concerns about proposed federal legislation designed to res ...
Mar 25, 2015, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Quest for lottery jackpot denied again
The long-running case of Clarence Jackson, who has been fighting for 19 years to claim $5.8 million in lottery winnings, encountered another setback Tuesday when a legislative committee voted 13-12 to reject his case.
Jackson held a winning lottery ticket, but tried to redeem it three days past the deadline. Since then, Jackson has been on a roller coaster with the once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a millionaire.
(See CT lawmakers again seek lottery winnings from 1995 tick ...
Mar 18, 2015, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow N.C. lottery winners to remain anonymous
Lottery players in North Carolina who win big money in the games from a Powerball jackpot to a $600 scratch-off ticket win can't keep it a secret.
State law says the names of lottery winners and what they won are public information.
But a House bill set for a hearing Wednesday would change that, requiring confidentiality unless the winners consent to having their information released.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County, said he's concerned current technology makes it ...
Mar 4, 2015, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets could soon be delivered to your home in N.J.
Itching to buy a lottery ticket but can't leave the house? Have one delivered.
At least that's the idea behind a bill state Assemblyman John Burzichelli has introduced.
The measure (A4018) would allow courier services to deliver New Jersey lottery tickets throughout the state. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) said similar services are common in Europe.
If you're either too busy or can't get out of the house, you can make arrangements, he said.
Currently, New Jersey lottery players can buy ...
Mar 3, 2015, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
CT lawmakers again seek lottery winnings from 1995 ticket
By the time state Rep. Ernest Hewett met him, the kid was in his 30s.
But to Hewett, the six-term Democrat from New London, Clarence Jackson's still the kid. And Hewett says he'll keep fighting for him until Jackson gets the $5.8 million Connecticut lottery jackpot that's eluded him for more than 18 years.
'Give the kid the money' that's what they used to say around the Capitol, Hewett recalled last week. That's what we ought to do.
Jackson's oft-told story, revived again this month d ...
Feb 23, 2015, 11:01 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow Texas Lottery winners to pay for anonymity
Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow big lottery winners to keep their identity a secret, but they would have to pay for that privilege.
Right now, Texas Lottery winners are not allowed to remain anonymous. In some cases, individuals have established a trust or turned their winning ticket over to a trust to claim the prize for them. But, Texas law requires that someone come forward to participate in a news conference and collect the money.
House Bill 1504 would change th ...
Feb 18, 2015, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum