Iowa Lottery prepared to take sports bets if lawmakers approve
On Wednesday the Iowa legislature began what will likely be a long conversation over legalizing sports gambling in Iowa.
A legislative subcommittee considered four separate bills on Wednesday that would legalize betting on professional and collegiate sports. A 2018 US Supreme Court ruling lifted the federal moratorium on the activity.
Delaware was the first state to take advantage of the ruling and begin taking bets on sports. Their system allows sports gambling at casinos as well as at lo ...
Feb 7, 2019, 12:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Bill to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous passes Virginia Senate
A bill that would allow lottery winners in Virginia to remain anonymous has cleared one hurdle toward becoming a law.
The bill passed in the Senate Friday morning, but still has to be approved by the House of Delegates. It passed with a 33-7 vote.
Sen. Lionell Spruill, Sr. (D-Chesapeake) helped introduced the bill, which would let winners submit a notice to the Virginia Lottery that they do not wish to have their name or personal information disclosed.
The bill would not, however, preve ...
Jan 20, 2019, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery not backing online gaming law this session
West Virginia Lottery officials will back two bills intended to increase revenue, but do not plan to pursue legalization of online gaming this session, Lottery Director John Myers told the House Finance Committee Friday.
We certainly see the opportunity in iGaming, he said. We fully intend to come back with that at some point.
Online gaming, or iGaming, can run the gamut from being able to able to buy tickets for Lottery drawings or scratch-off games online, to sports betting apps, to on ...
Jan 16, 2019, 1:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmakers provide insight into upcoming push for state lottery
One of the most influential men in Alabama politics said he expects a statewide lottery and gaming bill to be considered when the Alabama Legislature convenes March 5.
The speaker is on record as saying a lottery bill won't come from his office but I fully anticipate a gaming and lottery bill to come up, former House District 81 Rep. Mark Tuggle a Republican from Alexander City who is now the chief of staff for House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said Thursday during a meeting of his hometown Alexa ...
Dec 12, 2018, 4:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan lawmaker pushes bill to deduct cash from paycheck for lotto game
So you want to gamble, but can't seem to put aside enough money to buy a lottery ticket?
State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) has a solution that could help you place that losing bet you thought you couldn't afford.
While his fellow GOP lawmakers look for more traditional methods of cutting entitlements in order to bring down government spending, LaFave is introducing a somewhat radical bill that would authorize employers to withhold a portion of their wages for the purpose of investin ...
Dec 12, 2018, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
NY Gov Cuomo vetoes bill that would have allowed lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous
A 500 million dollar jackpot can get you a lot of things, but anonymity isn't one of them.
Gov. Cuomo on Saturday announced he vetoed a bill that would have allowed lottery winners in New York to remain anonymous if they so desired.
Under state law, jackpot winners in most cases must agree to be identified publicly.
A bill passed earlier this year by the state Legislature would have prohibited the state Lottery from identifying any holder of a winning lottery ticket if that person provi ...
Dec 9, 2018, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
New law ensures Pa. lottery winners pay their debts
A new law took effect on Tuesday that will help some Pennsylvania Lottery winners spend their winnings by ensuring they pay any outstanding debts.
The law, which was enacted by Gov. Tom Wolf a year ago, applies only to those lucky enough to win a single prize of more than $2,500.
It makes it so winners who owe back state taxes will have that amount deducted from their lottery winnings, provided their appeal rights on their tax debt has expired or were exhausted.
Delinquent taxes would b ...
Oct 31, 2018, 10:20 am - Lottery News forum
With Mississippi in the lottery game, the pressure is now on Alabama
A lottery bill is headed to the governor's desk in Mississippi. The bill passed the House and Senate in a special session meeting. Governor Bryant is expected to sign the measure into law. It is estimated the lottery could generate $40 million dollars its first year and $80 million dollars in subsequent years. We are told the lottery might not go into effect until 2019.
When it does begin in Mississippi, that means Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket. Howev ...
Aug 31, 2018, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippians anxious to start playing lottery
Mississippians are anxious to start playing lottery. State leaders said the first lottery tickets could go on sale in six months.
We'll get the scratch-offs and the state lotteries fairly soon once they get the board in place and pick the director, State Sen. Philip Moran, a Republican from Harrison County, said.
The board will have five members.
I've got a board to appoint and it's going to be a very deliberate, methodical process of picking just the right people, Gov. Phil Bryant sa ...
Aug 30, 2018, 9:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lawmakers approve lottery bill
Governor promises to sign into law
The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it.
The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state's Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate Tuesday as a few representatives changed their votes from no to yes.
Mississippi is one of six states without a ...
Aug 29, 2018, 11:04 am - Lottery News forum