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
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
Lottery bill scheduled for early hearing in Alabama Legislature
A proposal by some Republican lawmakers to allow a statewide vote on a lottery is scheduled for discussion in a public hearing on Wednesday.
The Economic Development and Tourism Committee in the House of Representatives plans to hold the hearing at 1 p.m. in room 410 at the State House.
The bill, by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, does not specify how lottery proceeds would be used if the voters approved the constitutional amendment.
The Legislature would have to decide that later.
Feb 9, 2016, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
Some lawmakers say Hawaii lottery has a chance this year
It comes up nearly every legislative session, but could this be the year that Hawaii lawmakers legalize gambling with a lottery?
Both House and Senate lawmakers have introduced bills that would establish a state-run lottery, including keno.
Officials say attempts at some form of gaming have been around since 1887 none of which have been successful, but some lawmakers believe the political climate and public perspective has shifted enough that the odds are in their favor.
You have the L ...
Jan 29, 2016, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
Hawaii lawmaker introduces bill to create state lottery
It doesn't have a hearing scheduled yet, but there is now a bill to create a state lottery in Hawaii.
It was introduced last Friday by Joe Souki, the speaker of the House of Representatives, who said recently that a lottery for the state is a distinct possibility.
House Bill 1830 authorizes the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to license a single operator for a lottery, including keno.
A lottery, according to the legislation, would benefit people in this way:
enhancing th ...
Jan 26, 2016, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Republican lawmakers to sponsor Alabama lottery bill
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $700 million and many Alabamians are crossing the state line for a chance to win the prize.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin lslands, but it is not allowed in Alabama.
As people cross the state line to buy tickets, some Alabama lawmakers are working on legislation to change that.
Republican Senator Jim McClendon from Springville plans to sponsor a bill during the legislative session that beg ...
Jan 8, 2016, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum