State of Oregon forcing retailers to pay taxes on video lottery machines that are shut down
Hundreds of bars and restaurants already struggling to survive are now facing another financial setback. The Oregon Lottery is collecting taxes on each video lottery machine, even though the machines are shut down.
I was absolutely floored. I could not believe it, said Gloria Huguley, owner of Newport Steak and Seafood.
Huguley said she owes $2,082 in taxes for the six video lottery machines in her restaurant, which remains closed due to stay-at-home restrictions. The family-run restauran ...
Apr 30, 2020, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery industry facing new threat in 'skill' games
State lotteries are grappling with the rapid spread of unregulated skill gaming machines, which are found in convenience stores, bars, restaurants and taverns across the country.
While these machines have existed for some time, their manufacturers and operators have become increasingly aggressive in their roll out strategy, placing these machines in the front of stores and even replacing lottery self-service terminals with them. Individual lotteries predict these machines could reduce their r ...
Feb 19, 2020, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery struggles to attract bets on virtual sports games
The Pennsylvania Lottery has more than 1,850 outlets with screens displaying virtual animated football and auto races. The odds of finding someone watching a bet play out on the simulated sports action is pretty low.
With a few exceptions, lottery licensees in the region report few customers are spending their time or money on the Xpress Sports games lottery officials introduced in August.
Xpress Football offers the chance to bet from $1 to $20 each on up to 16 possible outcomes such as a ...
Jun 27, 2019, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
New York Lottery first in U.S. to crack the $10 billion mark in sales
The New York Lottery had a pretty good year.
The state's traditional lottery and video lottery gaming operations became the first in the nation to top the $10 billion mark in combined sales and net win, which is the earnings after winners are paid.
The New York Lottery, the largest and most profitable in the country, recorded $8.2 billion in sales for the state fiscal year that ended March 31, 2019, the New York Gaming Commission announced in a news release this week. That includes sales f ...
May 15, 2019, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Class action over 'mesmerizing' video lottery terminals in Canada moves forward
An intriguing court case that alleges Crown-owned video lottery terminals are inherently deceptive and violate the Criminal Code has reached a critical milestone in Newfoundland and Labrador.
And the outcome of the case could have implications for VLT gaming across Canada.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit to go ahead, rejecting arguments for dismissal from the Atlantic Lottery Corp., which operates in all four Atlantic Provinces.
Dec 17, 2018, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Video gaming machines boost Oregon Lottery revenues
State economists say Oregon is seeing a healthy bump in lottery revenues, at least partially from recently installed video lottery machines.
People are spending more money on Oregon's new video lottery machines, state economists told lawmakers in Salem this week.
Some people believe the new machines are more addictive, but a top Oregon Lottery official has said it's unclear whether there is a connection between the new machines and increase in gambling.
On Dec. 2, economists from the st ...
Dec 7, 2015, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Player sues Oregon Lottery, charging video poker game rigged
The Oregon State Lottery's rigged video poker games have cost players $134 million, a man claims in a class action lawsuit.
Lead plaintiff Justin Curzi claims the video poker machines' auto-hold feature misleads players about how to increase their odds of winning a hand.
The auto-hold feature recommends playing strategies, and allows players to automatically discard and draw new cards with a single button, according to the complaint.
Thus, relying on the auto-hold feature is the easies ...
Jan 7, 2015, 6:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission to revisit monitor games
With proceeds down from last year, the Arkansas Lottery Commission will consider adding monitor games to boost revenue an option that Gov. Mike Beebe and others have spoken against in the past.
Commissioner Dianne Lamberth of Batesville asked the commission Monday to take another look at monitor games, which so far have not been offered in Arkansas. Rep. Mark Perry, D-Jacksonville, co-chairman of the legislative oversight committee on the lottery, had requested earlier that the commission tak ...
Jun 25, 2013, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. legislators float idea that lower prizes will bring in more money
Task force says 'bad idea'
Some Tennessee legislators are eying a reduction in prize payouts for Tennessee lottery players while letting them buy tickets with debit or credit cards.
The proposals are among ideas that are being floated as a way to generate more money that can be used for college scholarships.
Both were criticized at a meeting last week of the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force with a lottery official suggesting that a cut in prizes could be a bad business decision a ...
Oct 31, 2011, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery and electronic sweepstakes on collision course
South Carolina retailers who offer electronic sweepstakes to customers are feeling jittery.
That's according to one member of the S.C. Education Lottery Oversight Committee , a panel made up of state legislators and members of the public.
The question is, are electronic sweepstakes legal in South Carolina? said Alexander Shadwick, after Tuesday's meeting.
They don't know if the games are legal or illegal, so the courts have to decide, he said.
But it scares all the retailers.
Sep 29, 2011, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum