Bill would limit the number, cost of Florida Lottery scratch games

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A bill would limit the number of scratch-off games and cap ticket prices at $5 in an effort to reign in the Florida Lottery games that lawmakers say victimize the state’s poorest citizens.

The House Government Operations Subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday on a 12-1 vote.

Republican Rep. Frank Artiles said the Lottery is using scratch-off games to abuse the people who need the most help. His bill would limit the Lottery to 20 active scratch-off games at one time. It would also end high-priced tickets.

The Lottery’s website lists 79 active scratch-off games, including 14 games that cost $10 to $25 per ticket.

No Lottery representatives spoke at the committee meeting and a call to the department’s media office seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

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1/13/2016 12:52:46 PM (GMT -5:00)

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