Alabama lottery plan approved by Senate committee
By a vote of 5-3, the Alabama Senate Tourism Committee on Thursday approved Sen. Del Marsh's (R-Anniston) lottery and gambling expansion plan. It now proceeds to the full Senate for consideration.
If passed into law, Alabama voters would have the opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment legalizing a state-sponsored lottery and casino gaming. That vote would likely take place September 15, two weeks before the end of the current fiscal year. The bill would tax casino earnings at 13 pe ...
May 15, 2015, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery winners could remain anonymous under House bill
You've heard the touching stories: a waitress, retiree or unemployed worker hits the jackpot and wins the state lottery.
Under a bill approved by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform committee on a 13-2 vote Wednesday, those stories would probably disappear because all lottery winners would be able to remain anonymous.
The bill would prohibit the state lottery office from disclosing information about an individual who won any lottery prize unless that winner authorizes the release of infor ...
May 14, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania lottery winners to be taxed for the first time
New Penn. Gov. Tom Wolf proposes historic tax increases
By Todd Northrop
Tucked into the depths of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's first budget plan is a proposal to tax lottery winnings over $600.
The newly-elected Democrat Governor's spokesman says that California and Pennsylvania are the only states with income taxes that exempt lottery proceeds. Some states have no income taxes, and those states also do not tax lottery winners.
We have a massive budget deficit that we need to c ...
May 12, 2015, 10:55 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery proposal set for Senate debate Tuesday
If Alabama approves a state-sponsored lottery, it will be heading down a well-worn path one trod by 44 states so far.
But one element of the lottery proposal by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, remains unusual: the Legislature would be able to spend the cash at its own discretion, rather than marking the money for a specific purpose, such as college scholarships.
It is uncommon for states not to earmark the money, Thomas Garrett, a University of Mississippi economist who studies state lotterie ...
May 10, 2015, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Texas legislature to consider lottery winner anonymity bill
What a turnaround.
In the 2013 session the Texas House passed a bill aimed at abolishing the state lottery.
But after some soul-searching mainly confronted with the fact the state would lose $1.1 billion a year for public education some representatives who wanted to eliminate the Texas Lottery Commission reversed their vote, in essence resuscitating the game.
Now House members may go a step further.
On Tuesday the 150-member chamber will consider a bill that would allow winners of mo ...
May 9, 2015, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. Senate passes bill restricting expansion of State Lottery
Minnesotans soon may no longer be able to buy lottery tickets at ATMs, gas pumps or online, as the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday that would restrict the Minnesota State Lottery's yearslong foray into new gambling platforms.
The decisive 56-8 vote was a rebuke to Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed a similar measure last year.
Bill author Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, and Republican advocates of the bill framed the issue as one of legislative prerogative, accusing the State Lott ...
May 9, 2015, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
GOP proposal would open door to lottery, casinos in Alabama
A constitutional amendment that would legalize gambling in Alabama authorizes a lottery, casino gambling and expanded Indian gaming.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican from Birmingham, Ala., gave other state senators an initial draft of the legislation Thursday. It calls for a Sept. 15 election so voters can decide the amendment's fate in wake of a projected $250 million shortfall in state's revenues this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
I could come in on Tuesday and my co ...
May 5, 2015, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries head to Washington to enforce states' rights on gambling
Restoration of America's Wire Act legislation would restrict your rights to spend your money as you please
State Lottery officials from across the United States held meetings with members of Congress today in Washington, D.C., to add their voices to those of state lawmakers advocating for the federal government to continue to support states' authority to establish their own gambling policies.
The lottery officials expressed their concerns about proposed federal legislation designed to res ...
Mar 25, 2015, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Quest for lottery jackpot denied again
The long-running case of Clarence Jackson, who has been fighting for 19 years to claim $5.8 million in lottery winnings, encountered another setback Tuesday when a legislative committee voted 13-12 to reject his case.
Jackson held a winning lottery ticket, but tried to redeem it three days past the deadline. Since then, Jackson has been on a roller coaster with the once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a millionaire.
(See CT lawmakers again seek lottery winnings from 1995 tick ...
Mar 18, 2015, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow N.C. lottery winners to remain anonymous
Lottery players in North Carolina who win big money in the games from a Powerball jackpot to a $600 scratch-off ticket win can't keep it a secret.
State law says the names of lottery winners and what they won are public information.
But a House bill set for a hearing Wednesday would change that, requiring confidentiality unless the winners consent to having their information released.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County, said he's concerned current technology makes it ...
Mar 4, 2015, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum