Thursday, February 26, 2015

Press Release: Rep. Jon Hardister Files "Honest Lottery" Act

February 26, 2015

For Immediate Release

Raleigh, NC - This week Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) filed HB 109 - Lottery Act Clarified - along with Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) and Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland). The bill would require state lottery ads to be more clear and promote transparency in lottery operations.

The highlights of the bill are as follows:
  • Requires lottery advertising to list the value of the lowest prize and the odds of winning the largest prize.
  • Prohibits lottery advertising at high school events.
  • Requires state agencies to disclose receipts and usage of lottery proceeds.
  • Requires the state legislature to approve gaming techniques that are not scratch-off or draw-style games.
"The purpose of this bill is to ensure that the lottery is authentic and transparent in how it operates," Hardister said. "If we are going to have a state lottery, then we have a duty to ensure that it is operated responsibly. This bill would help to accomplish that goal."