N.J. Assembly approves measures to slow Gov.'s plan to privatize lottery
The New Jersey Assembly Monday passed a measure that would force Gov. Chris Christie to seek the Legislature's approval for his plan to privatize parts of the state lottery, which Democratic lawmakers said is being pushed through under the radar without oversight.
The bill (A3614), approved 45-29, largely along party lines, would give the Legislature the power to reject or accept the 15-year, $120 million contract the Christie administration is reviewing. Current law does not require Christie ...
Jan 29, 2013, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Proposal to ban welfare recipients from playing lottery
Another proposal would remove the word Education from N.C. Education Lottery
North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets.
Rep. Paul Skip Stam, R-Wake is helping draft the legislation. Stam told ABC11 the vendor selling the lottery ticket would be penalized if they knew the person was on welfare or in bankruptcy.
That stipulation is not sitting well with some convenience store clerks that do ...
Jan 26, 2013, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. bill would allow for online lottery sales
Massachusetts Lottery players would be able to purchase tickets and play lottery games online under a bill being filed on Beacon Hill.
The bill would authorize the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission to create internet gambling games, including establishing the price of tickets, the number and size of prizes, the manner of selecting winners and the frequency of drawings.
The bill would also require the commission come up with a way to block sales of online tickets or other lottery games ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Treasurer pushing for Internet lottery sales
Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman is gearing up to ask state lawmakers for permission to create and test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games in Massachusetts.
Grossman said Tuesday that he plans to ask the Legislature to eliminate existing barriers in state law that prevent the lottery from selling tickets and other games online or accepting credit cards as a form of payment.
Grossman said the kinds of lottery items for sale on the Internet could includ ...
Dec 12, 2012, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Lotteries a threat to federal Web poker bill?
In the battle for online gambling in cyberspace, Nevada casinos and multiple state lotteries could be close to a showdown one that will shape the U.S. gaming industry forever.
The lottery, referred to as the most popular form of gambling in the world by Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones, just months ago broke ground on the Web. Jones, who was speaking on a panel at G2E held Monday in Las Vegas, has so far seen about 100,000 people in his state use the Internet to buy tickets.
Oct 3, 2012, 10:16 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Assembly panel clears one-year anonymity for lottery winners
Twenty-five years ago, Evelyn Adams had the unimaginable luck of winning the lottery twice in two years.
But opportunity morphed into misfortune for Adams, who ended up broke and living in a trailer after giving away and gambling away $5.4 million.
Everybody wanted my money, the Ocean County woman told the website Bankrate.com in 2004. Everybody had their hand out. I never learned one simple word in the English language 'no.'
Monday, a state Assembly panel sought to close the barn doo ...
Sep 25, 2012, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Senate bill lets lottery winners remain anonymous
Michigan winners of multistate lotteries such as the Lapeer man who won a $337 million Powerball jackpot could choose to remain anonymous, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Thursday.
Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, said publicity surrounding such windfalls makes winners too vulnerable to scam artists and violent criminals, not to mention grasping third cousins.
The reasons range from the mundane to the fatal, Rocca said. Not only are there relatives popping out of the ...
Sep 14, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
NJ bill aims to protect lottery winners' identity
For some lottery winners, a large jackpot can bring out scam artists and others looking to get a piece of the pie.
Some winners have even been kidnapped and killed.
Now, a New Jersey assemblyman hopes to reduce the chances of that happening through legislation that would keep winners out of the public eye.
Winning the lottery can be a blessing and a curse, said Assemblyman Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli.
Once their identities become public, winners can become targets for unscrupul ...
Sep 6, 2012, 3:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales
Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.
Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill' ...
May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
D.C. Council poised to repeal online gambling
After becoming the first jurisdiction in the nation to legalize online gambling within its borders, the District of Columbia is poised to repeal the program before it launches.
The strong backlash on the D.C. Council to the district's online gambling program has little to do with moral opposition to gambling. Instead, councilmembers are upset with the way it became law, saying they didn't realize they had voted to approve it.
Councilmember Jack Evans told The Associated Press on Tuesday th ...
Feb 1, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum