Oklahoma Lottery Commission Seeking Executive Director
Every day the state goes without a lottery is a lost opportunity for education funding, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission was told Tuesday by three people involved in starting up lotteries in other states.Hiring an executive director is the most important step and must be done quickly, said Rebecca Graham Paul, president and chief executive officer of Tennessee's lottery, which started up last year.Lottery commissioners have received 15 applications for executive director. Paul said the commission ...
Mar 30, 2005, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery funds still tied up
Legislators are still working on details of a plan to give the new Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission an emergency appropriation of $500,000, a Senate leader said Wednesday. We're trying to get all the legal problems worked out, said Sen. Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater, Senate appropriations chairman.He said getting startup money to the commission presents a legal quagmire because the state question adopted by voters last fall prohibits the use of General Revenue Fund money for lottery purposes a ...
Mar 18, 2005, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lawmakers acused of holding lottery funds
An aide to Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry says he's concerned that the House hasn't approved a request for supplemental funding for the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission.State Finance Director Scott Meacham says he hopes that Republicans who didn't support the lottery aren't trying to sabotage something the people overwhelmingly support.Meacham commented after the House and Senate passed $63 million in supplemental funding bills Tuesday, but not the proposed $500,000 in funding for the lottery ...
Mar 10, 2005, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery Commission Starts Search For Director
Oklahoma's new Lottery Commission Tuesday began preparing the process for hiring an executive director.The commissioners will start by approving a job description for the post. They will also decide how they should solicit applications.Tuesday's meeting at the Capitol was the commission's first since its seven members were named last month.
Mar 10, 2005, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery board sworn in
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry presided over the first meeting of the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission on Wednesday, urging members to move quickly in hopes of getting the lottery up and running this fall. This will be the only time that I will preside over the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission. I'm kind of excited about it, Henry said before the seven members of the panel were sworn in by Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe Watt.The governor, who led the fight for approval of the l ...
Feb 25, 2005, 12:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery Commission Holds First Meeting Today
Oklahoma's Education Lottery Commission holds its first meeting this afternoon at the state Capitol.The seven-member commission was appointed by Governor Henry on Monday. It will establish the framework for the statewide lottery approved by voters last November.Henry says he hopes to have scratch-off lottery games by October or November with electronic games beginning about six months after that and Powerball-type games by the fall of 2006. The lottery is expected to produce $150 million for edu ...
Feb 23, 2005, 1:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery commission members selected
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick was among those appointed by Gov. Brad Henry on Monday to serve on the new Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission.Other members included a former teacher of the year and former president of the American Bar Association. I've assembled a great, bipartisan group of Oklahomans with impeccable credentials, unquestioned integrity and a strong commitment to building a better state, Henry said. I appreciate their willingness to serve Oklahoma in pursuit of better-f ...
Feb 22, 2005, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma looks to start lottery in October
Oklahoma State Finance Director Scott Meacham says he's confident a state lottery will be in operation on a limited basis this fall.An October 1st starting date was projected when state officials estimated that the lottery would generate $62-million for the state during the fiscal year that begins July 1st. Meacham says he believes the lottery can begin around October by offering only the scratch off lottery tickets.He says electronic lottery games will begin about six months later and Powerb ...
Feb 9, 2005, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum
New Lottery is Oklahoma's Top Story of the Year
In November, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry saw a cornerstone for his plan to increase funding for education, a statewide lottery, become a reality.The education lottery won easy passage with about 64 percent of the vote. Supporters said it would raise $150 million a year for common, higher and technical education.A companion measure was also approved, which will create a constitutional ''lockbox'' and prdvent lawmakers from dipping into lottery revenue to replace existing education dollars, something ...
Jan 3, 2005, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
New Oklahoma Lottery Bill Helps Many Non-Profit Organizations
After years of finding creative ways to sell tickets for a special item without actually calling it a raffle (which was illegal), school organizations can now legally raffle off chances at a quilt, an autographed ball, or some other prize.The new freedom for schools and specific qualified organizations comes as the result of Oklahoma's new State Lottery bill.For years, Oklahoma legislators tried to find a way to allow non-profit groups to conduct raffles without opening the door to other more ...
Dec 27, 2004, 7:52 am - Lottery News forum