According to a recent report from Associated Press, a bill to set up the nation’s first online lottery passed the Georgia House on March 4th, but a Web-based lotto is still a long shot.
Lawmakers in the US state approved the legislation 131-32, with no debate. The measure would allow players to use credit cards or checking accounts to play up to $5 in lottery numbers every day.
Supporters say an online lottery would boost sales and help ensure the future of a popular but expesive college scholarship bankrolled by the lottery.
“This is designed to increase revenue for scholarships, so college students can continue to enjoy the maximum amount of funding,” said Republican Rep. Terry Barnard.
Opponents said they doubted the issue would even come to a vote in the Senate.
Lottery officials say they’re not sure an online lottery would be legal — casinos, horse racing and video poker are all illegal in Georgia — and convenience stores oppose it because they get commissions on ticket sales.
Gambling addiction groups are also bitcoin dice opposed, noting it’s unwise to let people bet on credit and that it would be hard to make sure minors weren’t getting in on the action.
Several states have considered online lotteries but none have started one.
Bingo World Championship Winners
The final games of the Bingo World Championship were held on March 5th 2004 and over $5000 was won by 20 very happy and thrilled bingo players.
The big winners of the night were from Bingo Mega, nicknames can’twinchit and tinlizzy19, who won $1500 between them. Over 130 players from 12 games played the final 15 bingo games. For a complete list of winners and participating games, click here: www.bingoworldchampionship.com
The games were sponsored by Bingo Entertainment, the leading company in online bingo gaming management and marketing.
US Internet Gambling Prohibition Update
Senator John Kyl has said he intends to try to move forward with Bill S-627, which would prohibit Internet gambling.
“M plan is to try to get it up for a vote,” said Kyl, Senator for Arizona, during an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The Bll passed the Senate Banking Committee in July 2003 but failed to go to a vote before the Senate. It has met with opposition from both the American Gaming Association (AMA) and the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).
According to experts, it will be difficult for Senator Kyl to find a compromise that will satisfy all the special interests involved.