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Gambling, Lottery Expansion Fails

Some state legislatures across the country reacted to downturns in tax revenue by trying to raise more money from lotteries and other forms of gambling.  The Idaho Lottery doesn’t support that idea, and efforts in other states have been largely unsuccessful. More than half of all states considered changes to their gambling laws, but just four enacted changes so far, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).  Attempts in 17 statehouses failed, while five states’ actions are undetermined, according to the NCSL. Among the changes, Ohio and New York both are now selling tickets for Powerball, the multi-state lottery Idaho already participates in.  New York estimates that it will raise $134 million in the next year from Powerball/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Do you think the current level of gambling in Idaho is enough? Would you like to see more gambling opportunities? Would you like to see no gambling at all?




D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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