Lawmakers going after unclaimed lottery money
So a guy walks into a gas station, buys a scratch-off, wins a few bucks, gets distracted with some fool thing and eventually puts the lucky ticket through the wash in his Wranglers. It happens. No big deal.
But for state lawmakers in a tough budget year nationwide, the unclaimed prizes are adding up to a tempting pot of cash.
It's something we've seen an increased interest in this year, said Jon Griffin, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington.
Mar 4, 2013, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona bill to allow anonymity for lottery winners clears panel
A bill that would allow Arizona lottery winners to remain anonymous moved closer to passage Wednesday following a contentious hearing in a state Senate committee that pitted the Republican sponsor against Democrats who argued it would diminish public accountability.
The bill by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, was prompted by the public release of a Fountain Hills man's name after he won half of a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot in November. Matthew Good's name was released under Arizon ...
Feb 28, 2013, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill clears Legislature
Will the Governor sign the bill?
The Wyoming House and Senate on Tuesday struck a compromise on the bill to allow a state lottery and multi-state games such as Powerball.
House Bill 77 now goes to the desk of Gov. Matt Mead, who has been lukewarm about a lottery.
Mead has said he has no moral objections but is concerned about the potential social costs.
The governor can sign the bill into law, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.
The bill's passage culminated a ...
Feb 27, 2013, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Gov. Christie signs online gambling bill
Internet gambling scores its biggest win
New Jersey on Tuesday became the biggest state yet to allow regulated online gambling, establishing a template that proponents hope other states will follow for a business that federal authorities long treated as a criminal enterprise.
The new law allows Atlantic City's casinos to run websites that take bets on games such as blackjack, slots and poker. It also could help legitimize online-gambling companies whose executives the U.S. Justice Departme ...
Feb 26, 2013, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Legislature works on lottery bill compromise
Don't bet just yet on a bill that would allow a lottery and multistate games such as Powerball in Wyoming.
The state House of Representatives on Monday voted not to agree with changes the Senate made to the proposal despite the measure's main sponsor supporting the Senate version.
Last week, the Senate amended the bill to change how the lottery's proceeds would be used.
The Senate version specifies that any proceeds outside of the expenses and prizes will go to support the state school ...
Feb 26, 2013, 2:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Tax on Kentucky Lottery tickets no longer being considered
Your outrage was heard
Kentucky lawmakers won't pursue a 6% tax on lottery tickets as a source of revenue to shore up the state's financially troubled pension system for government retirees.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said that idea was rejected out of concern that a tax might have stifled sales of lottery tickets that generate money for education programs in Kentucky.
Instead, Stumbo said lawmakers will unveil legislation on Tuesday that will call for the lottery to create new games, in ...
Feb 26, 2013, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Senate passes lottery bill
Includes video report
The Wyoming Senate voted 18-10 Friday for a bill to allow a state lottery and multi-state games such as the Powerball.
However, the bill designates revenue from the games for long-term school improvements, contrary to the bill as it came from the House. The revised measure will return to the House.
The Senate approval came after years of attempts for a lottery that only got as far as the House. This year the Senate took House Bill 177 and changed the recipients of ...
Feb 22, 2013, 10:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Democrats propose taxing lottery tickets
Democratic House leaders want to add a 6 percent sales tax to Kentucky Lottery purchases and expand the selection of lottery games as a way to increase funding for the state's ailing pension system.
House State Government Chairman Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said adding a 6 percent sales tax on lottery games could generate about $49 million a year for the state. Adding additional games to the lottery could generate an additional $70 million to $90 million, he said.
Combined, Yonts predicted ...
Feb 22, 2013, 11:34 am - Lottery News forum
Final Wyoming Senate vote on lottery bill coming Friday
A bill that would allow a Wyoming lottery and multi-state games such as Powerball received preliminary approval in the state Senate on Wednesday.
The senate voted 17-to-12 to advance the bill. It already has passed the House and would need two more votes in the Senate. It's scheduled for its final vote Friday.
The bill would allow a state lottery or multi-state games, but would not allow the sale of instant tickets, scratch-off tickets or electronic games.
Supporters of the bill say Wyo ...
Feb 22, 2013, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
Nevada governor signs online gambling bill
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation Thursday legalizing online gambling in Nevada, capping a dizzying day at the Legislature as lawmakers passed the bill through the Assembly and Senate as an emergency measure.
Nevada wanted to beat New Jersey, its East Coast casino rival, to the online gambling punch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed an online wagering bill but has indicated he may sign an amended version next week.
Sandoval and Nevada legislative leaders said it was im ...
Feb 22, 2013, 6:01 am - Lottery News forum