The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 19, 1986
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More states betting on lottery money The Salina Journal Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 8 By The Associated Press When Missourians cross their fingers and line up to buy "Jackpot '86" tickets Monday, theirs becomes the latest state to bet on lotteries as a source of revenue, a wager that re- j turned $10 billion to 20 states and the -District of Columbia last year. ' Of the 24 lotteries now operating, .including a regional game in New England, six started within the last ; nine months. And while opposition to the games on moral grounds remains firm in many places, in others observers say it has eroded. In all, Americans won about $5 billion in jackpots, and lottery spending is on the rise, according to a survey by The Associated Press. This year, 17 state legislatures are considering measures to legalize the games, while ballot proposals are being pushed in two other states, Florida and Nevada. Last year's $10 billion in gross ticket sales netted more than $4 billion for state coffers. Missouri's is the second new state- sponsored lottery of 1986, following West Virginia which kicked off its game Jan. 9. Since its start last Oct. 3, California's huge lottery has taken in $800 million, paying half that amount in prizes. Also taking a chance on lotteries last year were Oregon and Iowa, while Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont pooled resources to add a weekly regional lottery to their daily individual state games. Opposition to the lottery as a revenue raiser "is getting less and less as it becomes more and more a fact of life," said Ray Grimes, spokesman for Rhode Island's lottery, which grossed $52 million in fiscal 1985. "I detect some softening," agreed state Senate President Jim Risch in Idaho, one of several states where "What's wrong with someone purchasing a 50-cent chance on a dream?" — Sen. Lawrence Borst legislators are considering measures to remove a constitutional prohibition against lotteries. In Idaho and many other places, there are difficult hurdles to clear to get an amendment proposal on the ballot, but some surveys indicate voters support the games. Kansas is one of those states where a lottery is prohibited by its constitution. A proposed lottery amendment has passed the state Senate and is pending in the House. Asked about the prospects of passage of an Idaho lottery referendum, one supporter, state Sen. Vernon Lannen, said he'd give 2-to-l odds, "and I'd borrow an awful lot of money." Supporters, like Virginia legislator J.W. O'Brien, call the lottery a "voluntary tax." "What's wrong with someone purchasing a 50-cent chance on a dream?" wondered state Sen. Lawrence Borst of Indiana, where a lottery bill is given little chance of passage. Lottery revenues support education and other public causes, helping to forestall tax increases. Together, the New York, Ohio and Illinois lotteries generated $1.5 billion for schools, while Pennsylvania's produced $565 million to help the elderly. Still, not all agree that the end justifies the means. "We can't wash gambling money clean," insisted Jane Fribley, past president of the Indiana Council of Churches. And even lottery backers in some states criticize the use of "slick" advertising to promote the games. "It's a ripoff," said the Rev. Allen Rice, executive director of the Michigan Interfaith Council on Alcohol Problems. "It is the function of government to help people, not exploit them." Almost everywhere that lotteries operated last year, sales were up, and four states grossed more than a billion dollars apiece — Pennsylvania with $1.295 billion, New York ($1.27 billion), Illinois ($1.2 billion) and Massachusetts ($1.003 billion). "Our impression is that as we maintain sales and contributions to the state General Fund at the levels we projected, the opposition tends to be quieter," said lottery spokesman Dick Paulson in Washington, where the games netted $68.8 million for the state, mostly for schools and social programs. In Michigan, lottery spokeswoman Laurie Kipp said ticket sale revenues made up for money endangered by federal budget cuts, noting that last year lottery money going toward education exceeded federal allotments for the first time. "If it were not for the lottery revenue this past fiscal year, it would have cost Michigan households nearly $115 more each to keep school aid at the same level," she said. Federal reductions were cited by Kansas state Sen. Clive L. DuVal II when he introduced his lottery bill this year, and other officials, from Alabama to the nation's capital, made the same argument. "We're suffering as much as any jurisdiction," said Kay Hixson, chief of marketing for D.C. Lottery, which grossed $112 million. Lottery success breeds more lotteries, and backers of the games in Kentucky say the fact that their state is 'virtually surrounded by lottery states — with reports of "instant millionaires" just across the state lines—can only help their cause. Frank Mirabella, a spokesman for the Florida group pushing for a lottery referendum, argued: "Sixty percent of the people in this country live in a state with a lottery. There are a lot of people moving in from those states or people who have family or friends in a state with a lottery. They know most of the arguments against them are just not true." Pro-lottery forces often tailor their pleas to answer local issues and worries. Part of Iowa's lottery revenue, by law, supports a gambling addicts hotline. In Minnesota and South Dakota, proponents say revenues from prop- sed lotteries could help farmers. Agreeing, South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Roger McKellips said, "I used to be opposed to it, but we have to take unusual measures in unusual times." • The planned uses for ticket sale revenue range from stadium construction in Maryland, as officials strive to hold on to their professional sports teams, to property tax relief, a plan that supporters say gives Wisconsin's lottery bill a better chance. Still, opponents note that lottery revenue in many states amounts to a small share of state expenses and, as Tennessee state Sen. Riley Darnell notes: "There's no easy way to pay taxes to run government without paying taxes." Polish boy reunited with mother LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 8- year-old Polish boy who was separated from his mother when he was an infant was reunited with her at Los Angeles International Airport before television crews recording their meeting. Jakub Potemkin wept as he hugged his mother for the first time Friday. Aleksandra Potem- kin had not seen her son since he was 3% months old, when she left Poland for the United States, said family spokesman Ralph Andrews. "He's like a boy from another planet. This country is beyond his imagination," Andrews said. When Jakub was an infant, his father got a job in the United States and his parents moved here. But the boy was left behind in Poland because the government feared defections and would not let ThT entire family leave, Andrews said. Jakub's father died shortly after arriving, and his mother began a long struggle for political asylum. "Says here we're invited to a meeting about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas' new Senior Plan." Here's your opportunity to learn about our newest alternative for Seniors. Everyone is welcome — whether to enroll or just to learn more about Senior Plan. Monday, January 20 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Howard Johnson's Salina, Kansas For information call Toll Free 800-332-0235. 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