Managers of the multi-state lottery games Powerball and Mega Millions are asking states to participate in both games, rather than just one. As
VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, the Vermont Lottery Commission will take up the
question next week.
A new survey shows
that half of all Vermont lottery players attended college, most graduated and
some hold higher degrees.
The 2008 Player
Demographics Study also indicates that the average household income for lottery
players is about $50,000.
The initial results from Washington
County senator Bill Doyle’s Town
Meeting Day questionnaire are in and they include some surprises.
year marks the 40th anniversary of this informal survey of how
Vermonters feel about a number of issues being considered at the Statehouse.
House Speaker Gaye Symington says Governor Jim Douglas’s
plan to lease the state lottery is dead. Symington says she opposes the plan because she
feels it’s a mistake for the state to rely more heavily on gambling revenue.
The Vermont Senate has sent a clear message to the Douglas
Administration: any plan to lease the state lottery to a private company must
be approved by the Legislature. Supporters of the bill say it’s also evident that most
lawmakers oppose the leasing approach.
Some lawmakers are hoping that
the Legislature will take a serious look at Governor Douglas’s plan to lease
the state lottery. They say it would
provide new money to help balance the state budget.
But opponents argue that relying on more gambling
revenue is a bad idea.