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Bill would strengthen state lottery ad requirements

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Currently, lottery ads must provide the actual or overall odds of winning, but the bill would require the commercials to include the odds of winning the top prize. Currently, lottery ads must provide the actual or overall odds of winning, but the bill would require the commercials to include the odds of winning the top prize.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – When state senators return to Raleigh next month, they may consider a bill that would create new requirements for advertising the N.C. Education Lottery. 

House Bill 156, the Honest Lottery Act, is co-sponsored by southeastern North Carolina representatives Susi Hamilton (D), Frank Iler (R), and Kenneth Waddell (D). 

Currently, lottery ads must provide the actual or overall odds of winning, but the bill would require the commercials to include the odds of winning the top prize. 

Ads would also have to include the value of the lowest prize. 

The Honest Lottery Act also bans advertising in connection with high school or colleges sporting events. 

In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the lottery spent $625,454 advertising at ten public and private universities in the state, including $11,000 at UNC Wilmington.  

The bill passed the House in 2013 by a wide margin.

The measure is sitting in the Senate Rules Committee. 

The short session of the General Assembly begins May 14. 

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