Georgia bill would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — for a price
The Georgia Senate's higher education committee voted in favor Tuesday of allowing a bill to move forward that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but they would have to pay for that privacy.
Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 331, said the legislation is aimed at protecting multi-million dollar lottery winners from scam artists and other criminals.
It could put you at risk, Henson said during Tuesday's committee meeting.
Henson said eight ...
Jan 31, 2018, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia group fights to prevent lottery winners from claiming anonymously
An open-government advocacy group has denounced a bipartisan proposal being considered by the Georgia Senate that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
The Georgia First Amendment Foundation said in a statement that the proposed legislation raised transparency concerns. Clearly, letting a government agency hand out millions of dollars to private citizens with no public record is a bad idea, the group's statement said.
Democratic Sen. Steve Henson of Stone Mountain, who sponsored ...
Jan 29, 2018, 8:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming would tap lottery money under proposed bill
A legislative panel has endorsed a proposal that would allow the state of Wyoming to grab some of the statewide lottery earnings.
The Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee voted 9-3 Thursday in Cheyenne to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would allow the state to take 5 percent of the gross proceeds earned by the Wyoming Lottery.
State coffers would be enriched by about $1 million a year.
WyoLotto started selling tickets in 2014 after the Legislature author ...
Jan 19, 2018, 3:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery boosts sales with bigger prizes
Oklahomans spent 40 percent more on lottery tickets and scratch-offs since July 1 than they did during the same time period last year, a boost that has been attributed to changes that include larger payouts.
The Oklahoma Lottery Commission also reported that sales of scratch-off tickets alone are up by 60 percent. Because of higher sales, the commission estimates a double-digit increase in its contribution to education funds next year.
Even without sales related to recent Powerball jackpo ...
Jan 17, 2018, 12:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania expands gambling to pay for budget
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday affixed what he hopes will be a final patch on a $2.3 billion budget deficit by signing into law sweeping new gambling provisions.
The state has doubled-down on its investment in the commercial gambling market, with new expectations of revenue from Internet-based games and a second string of casinos scattered around the Commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed the far-reaching gambling expansion bill Wednesday that would legalize Internet games, aut ...
Oct 30, 2017, 5:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Governments taking legislative action against 'fake' lotteries
Convenience store owners have applauded a Tasmanian Government decision to quickly draw up legislation to ban lottery outcome wagering in the island state.
It's the latest move against growing gambling disrupter Lottoland as newsagents around Australia campaign to shut down the digital competitor they say is threatening their livelihood.
Lottery outcome wagering also know as synthetic lotteries is an online gambling model where players bet on the outcome of an official lottery rather than ...
Oct 11, 2017, 3:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery retailers fight online sales bill
The Massachusetts Lottery says it could stop being successful unless a bill allowing online ticket sales becomes law, while retailers say their future success hinges on the bill not becoming law. Now the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection will weigh the benefits and drawbacks of an online lottery.
The Lottery is seeking authority from the Legislature to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, Keno and more to customers over the Internet, arguing that the Lottery's survival ...
Sep 20, 2017, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lawmaker files bill to block new keno game
A new keno being offered by the New Jersey Lottery Commission essentially expands casino-style gaming outside the resort, according to legislation introduced by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic.
In the proposed legislation, Mazzeo seeks to block the state lottery from introducing Quick Draw, a keno-style game for the lottery. Earlier this month the state lottery announced 400 locations across the state will soon offer the game.
The State Lottery is grossly overstepping their authority ...
Aug 1, 2017, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery boosts prizes to lure back players
Oklahoma lottery officials are rolling out a new series of games after lawmakers restructured the system this year.
The state lottery, which has seen diminished participation with its scratch-off cards in recent years, is now able to increase prize amounts.
As participation dwindled, officials had to shrink prize amounts because state law required that at least 35 percent of all proceeds be diverted to the Education Trust Fund. In 2013, the Lottery lowered payouts so it could comply with t ...
Jul 5, 2017, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines in Kansas may depend on whether lawmakers show up Monday
Your ability to buy lottery tickets from vending machines in Kansas may depend on how many lawmakers show up for the ceremonial last day of the session Monday.
A bill allowing the Kansas Lottery to use vending machines to sell tickets was vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback last week.
The Legislature approved House Bill 2313 earlier this month with margins far greater than the two-thirds needed to override the veto. The House passed the bill 98-19; the Senate passed it 34-4.
But because the fi ...
Jun 22, 2017, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum