Odds of a Mississippi Lottery still long, but may be improving
Democratic Rep. Alyce Clarke, who has represented Jackson in the Mississippi Legislature since 1985, is persistent.
She has been an author of legislation to create a lottery in Mississippi every session since 2003. This year, as often is the case, she has two bills filed, one to create a lottery after a statewide vote and another to simply enact the lottery after the passage of her legislation.
Clarke believes lottery revenue could be used to fund a college scholarship program as it is in ...
Jan 8, 2017, 1:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Chicago mayor toyed with idea of city-only lottery
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has toyed with the concept of establishing a city lottery to help ease the city's financial woes and, while the idea has not progressed, it could get backing from at least one key Democrat in Springfield.
That's one of the better nuggets buried in the trove of private emails that Emanuel was forced to release just before Christmas under pressure from a Better Government Association lawsuit.
The May 5, 2015, email came from former Illinois Lottery Director Michael ...
Dec 28, 2016, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama gambling council hears from state lottery executives
The president of Louisiana's lottery said Alabama should be careful in how it drafts lottery legislation and cautioned against defining the game too narrowly.
Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson and New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre spoke to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's advisory council on gaming yesterday.
Both states have long-established lotteries that provide money for public education.
To establish a lottery in Alabama, the Legislature would have to pas ...
Dec 2, 2016, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi voters approved a lottery 24 years ago, so where is it?
Every time a Powerball jackpot grows to life-altering levels, Mississippians pour across the state line to buy tickets.
Americans spent $73 billion on lottery tickets last year, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
Mississippi voters approved a state lottery back in 1992, but the Legislature never followed up and has voted down all of the dozens of bills introduced to legalize the lottery. In the last session, Rep. Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, sp ...
Oct 9, 2016, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery talk likely to coalesce odd coalition
Analysis: Natural foes to reunite yet again in opposition to lottery efforts
Nothing puts preachers and their flocks in political cahoots with the state's casino gaming industry barons faster than any serious talk of Mississippi authorizing a state lottery.
Fellow scribe Geoff Pender told us last week in a story about the possible prospects of Mississippi adopting a state lottery that Gov. Phil Bryant is open to a discussion of a state lottery.
The exact quote Pender attributed to Bryan ...
Oct 6, 2016, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi Gov. says he's open to discussing state lottery
Creating a lottery has been mostly just a sidebar debate in Mississippi and the Legislature for decades oft discussed, but never gonna happen.
Ever since former Gov. Ray Mabus' ill-fated push for one in 1990 helped get him un-elected, any effort to create a lottery has faced a certain gubernatorial veto and was, therefore, moot.
That appears to have changed.
As recently as January, Gov. Phil Bryant called the idea of a lottery a silly notion, and more directly said, I am not for it.
Oct 1, 2016, 9:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama Gov. says lottery opponents 'should be ashamed of themselves'
After going back and forth during a special session of the Alabama Legislature, Friday, lawmakers declared the lottery bill dead.
That means you won't have the chance to vote for or against a state lottery this November.
Governor Robert Bentley's frustration was evident this weekend during an interview with local media. He said lawmakers standing in the way of what he calls Alabama Progress should be ashamed of themselves.
Bentley says the debate over a state lottery isn't just about ga ...
Aug 29, 2016, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Senate Democrats kill Alabama lottery bill over dog track concerns
It was a step away from passage.
Then the lottery bill fell off a cliff.
Needing just one final vote to go on a future election ballot, a proposal to establish a statewide lottery collapsed in the Alabama Senate Friday when Democrats, key to the bill's success, withdrew their support amid concerns language in the bill or not taken up by the House of Representatives -- could give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a gaming monopoly at the expense of the state's existing dog tracks.
If we ...
Aug 27, 2016, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
Hope still alive: Alabama House passes modified lottery bill
The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts.
Legislators clapped and cheered as the bill passed shortly before midnight on a 64-35 vote, exceeding the 63 votes required to pass the chamber. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate where senators must decide whether to go along with mostly minor House changes to the legislation.
The Republican governor, seeking t ...
Aug 26, 2016, 5:56 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery vote manuevering fractures Republican caucus
Two senators have resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus in the wake of last week's vote to approve a statewide lottery, citing policy differences and claiming senate leaders violated their own rules in an effort to muscle the bill through.
The bill, which was approved by a margin of 21-12, would send $100 million of lottery revenue each year to Medicaid, which is facing a $70 million shortfall this year, with the rest going to the General Fund.
The bill endured a filibuster on the sen ...
Aug 24, 2016, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum