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Illinois Senate approves Internet lottery ticket sales trial
Illinois gamblers would be able to buy lottery tickets by computer in a program the Senate approved Thursday.The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, sets up a pilot program to try online lottery ticket sales. Cullerton said Internet sales could eventually generate as much as $100 million for the state.The measure passed 32-24 and moves to the House.Republicans feared the measure would encourage problem gambling and increase personal debt because buyers could use credit cards. It b ...
Apr 15, 2005, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum

Georgia Lottery has best quarter ever
The Georgia Lottery had its strongest ticket sales ever during the past quarter, relieving concerns from state officials that slow sales would prove costly to the HOPE scholarship program.Lottery officials said yesterday that they sold $827 million worth of tickets during the third quarter of fiscal 2005 from January through March. For the first nine months of fiscal 2005, sales hit $2.15 billion, up 4.8 percent from the first three quarters of last year.Sales were particularly strong for inst ...
Apr 15, 2005, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum

Mass. lawmakers to challenge lottery horse-race game
Key Massachusetts state lawmakers signaled yesterday that they intend to rein in the Massachusetts Lottery's plans to launch a virtual horse-racing game on Keno-style monitors later this year.At a State House hearing, the lawmakers questioned the lottery's legal authority to launch the game and whether the game should be allowed to proceed because of the potential impact on the state's struggling horse-racing industry.''You've overextended your authority to roll out this game, said Representati ...
Apr 15, 2005, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum

Illinois House Votes To Create Lottery Game Supporting Veterans
Illinois veterans could end up getting extra financial help from the state lottery.The Illinois House Tuesday voted to create a new scratch-off lottery game and give the profit to veterans' programs.The idea passed 63 to 53. It now goes to the state Senate.Supporters say veterans need more support during a period of tight state budgets and this would be a way to raise money.But critics say veterans should not depend on the whims of people buying instant lottery tickets. They also say it might ta ...
Apr 13, 2005, 11:42 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Religious Leaders Stage Anti-Lottery Rally
On the same day state Senate leaders appointed a special committee to review the lottery bill recently passed by the House, religious leaders rallied outside the Legislative Building to convince lawmakers to reject a lottery. Desperate means are an easy way out, and I think the lottery is a desperate means for making finances for America, said Teresa McAllister, an elder with a Fayetteville church. The issue is so important to me because family is so important to me, McAllister said. We're tr ...
Apr 13, 2005, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Senate lottery panel named
Nearly half of the North Carolina Senate is on a special committee that will debate the lottery bill approved last week by the House, including several members worried about state-sponsored gambling.Senate leaders Tuesday named 21 members to the special panel, including three Democrats who have publicly opposed a lottery, and six Republicans.The committee chairman will be Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, an ally of Gov. Mike Easley, who has been pushing for a lottery since his 200 ...
Apr 13, 2005, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. newspapers ignore law banning lottery results
For years, North Carolina newspapers that publish lottery results have routinely broken state law.But nobody much seems to care.The bill to create a state lottery that the N.C. House passed last week includes a revision to an existing law that's been on the books since 1887. Except in connection with a lawful raffle ... if anyone by writing or printing or by circular or letter or in any other way, advertise or publish an account of a lottery, whether within or without this State ... he shall be ...
Apr 12, 2005, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Senate to work on lottery bill
A select committee of the North Carolina Senate will consider the lottery bill approved on Wednesday by the N.C. House.N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, said he expects a lottery bill to pass. The Senate has approved lottery legislation in past years only to watch the bills die in a closely-divided House.A lottery may shift spending priorities next fiscal year, and lawmakers will only have a few weeks to consider the ramifications of a state numbers game before making any deci ...
Apr 11, 2005, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Senate in no hurry to vote on lottery bill
Not so fast, lottery lovers.North Carolina Senate leader Marc Basnight said Wednesday that he doesn't want to rush a lottery bill to a vote. We have no plans whatsoever, the Manteo Democrat said.Basnight said he wants to give senators time to discuss options. The Senate also might combine a lottery bill with new taxes.The Senate has been considered the more lottery-friendly of the two chambers, having passed lottery bills in 1989, 1991 and 1993. The Senate defeated a lottery plan in 1995.In 199 ...
Apr 7, 2005, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum

In historic vote, N.C. House passes lottery bill
The North Carolina House approved a lottery Wednesday in a vote that could bring a state-operated numbers game to the only state on the East Coast without one.The House voted 62-58 in favor of a measure bill that would dedicate profits from the games to school construction, scholarships and other education initiatives.The bill would also ban lottery advertising anywhere except the sites where the tickets are sold.Democratic Gov. Mike Easley has been pushing a lottery for education needs since ta ...
Apr 6, 2005, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum