Pro-con: Should Texas abolish the lottery?

Sonny Long

May 12, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.
Updated May 13, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.

In 1991, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery, and in 1993, the 73rd Legislature created the Texas Lottery Commission.

Twenty years after its creation, a bill proposed in the Texas House - HB 2197 - would reauthorize and expand the duties of the commission as well as increase the number of directors on the board governing the agency.

The lottery commission, through its bingo division, also licenses the nonprofit organizations that conduct bingo games and regulates bingo-related business activities.

On April 23, House members voted down the bill - a vote that would have killed the lottery in Texas. But after a lunch break and a re-vote, the tally changed, and the bill was approved.

Proponents tout the $1 billion in average annual revenue the lottery brings in for education funding.

Opponents say the lottery hasn't met its expectations, preys on the poor and is simply another form of taxation.

Is it time to end the lottery in Texas?

PRO: Lottery has failed as revenue source

CON: How do you replace $1 billion?



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