Three House members on Tuesday filed an "honest lottery" bill again, emphasizing truth in advertising, following last year's unsuccessful attempt.
Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, a Republican from Apex who opposes legalized gambling, worked with state lottery officials to tighten language in the current law. It is similar to but not as expansive as legislation he filed last year that failed to pass the Senate.
The bill would make minor changes - such as calling it "gambling" instead of "gaming" - and would have more substantial consequences: requiring more detailed disclosure of odds and prizes in advertising.
Some of the proposed changes are already in effect, such as prohibiting high school sports events from being advertisers or sponsors, and disclosing odds and prizes.
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Under the bill, only scratch-off and drawings would be permitted.
Sponsoring House Bill 109 along with Stam are Rep. Rick Glazier, a Democrat from Fayetteville, and Rep. Jon Hardister, a Republican from Greensboro.
"The purpose of this bill is to ensure that the lottery is authentic and transparent in how it operates," Hardister said Tuesday.
Van Denton, spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery, said the state agency is neutral on the proposed legislation, but he confirmed that staff met with Stam.
"We share an interest in helping ensure lottery players understand the odds of winning prizes and ensuring that citizens of the state know how the money raised by the lottery benefits education programs," Denton said in an email.
In the last fiscal year, the lottery contributed more than $500 million to education programs in the state.
Last year the House tried to double the lottery's advertising budget in order to sell more tickets while imposing new restrictions on it. The bill was caught up in stalled budget negotiations and ultimately died.