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Solar eclipse inspires new scratch ticket for Idaho Lottery

The Idaho Lottery is the latest group to cater to the growing popularity of this summer's total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Lottery officials announced Monday that they plan on commemorating the event by launching a new scratch game called "Eclipse Cash." Eastern Idaho could see as many as 500,000 visitors for the eclipse...

Idaho Lottery procurement bill heads to governor’s desk

Legislation requiring the Idaho State Lottery to comply with the state's contracting laws is headed to the governor's desk for approval. Lawmakers were alarmed earlier this year after learning that the lottery was asking potential vendors to provide information on how they offer Keno, simulated racing, fantasy sports and other illegal...

House rejects anti-touch tabs bill, 18-52

The House has voted overwhelmingly against HB 28 to ban the Idaho Lottery’s electronic touch-tab machines, killing it on an 18-52 vote. Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, the bill’s sponsor, told the House that on a recent visit to a local tavern with other lawmakers...

Otter: ‘We have been successful with the touch-tabs, very successful’

Gov. Butch Otter had a lot to say this morning at his annual on-the-record Q-and-A session with the Idaho Press Club, including some comments about the legislation that’s up for debate in the House today to outlaw the Idaho Lottery’s electronic touch-tab vending machines –...

Idaho’s dividend from state lottery decreases

Idaho’s take from the state lottery has declined for the first time in 11 years. But it still provided a $45 million boost to the state’s spending on schools and public buildings, down from last year’s $49 million dividend.

Idaho Lottery dividend down this year after 11-year run of record profits

Idaho’s state lottery presented a $45 million dividend check to the state today, down from last year’s $49 million, the first drop after 11 straight years of record dividends for the state’s schools and public buildings. Out of those profits, public schools will get $28...