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Commission Officials Say Proposed Bill Could Hurt Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

A bill in the House Rules Committee concerning the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery could drastically reduce ticket sales, revenue paid to vendors and college scholarships revenue, according to commission officials.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A bill in the House Rules Committee concerning the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery could drastically reduce ticket sales, revenue paid to vendors and college scholarships revenue, according to commission officials.

State Representative Ann Clemmer is pushing for the bill, which would ask that 25 percent of total lottery proceeds be used to fund college scholarships.

Commission officials says this has been attempted in other states, and will have a different outcome than what Clemmer is hoping for.

"If there's less prizes, people stop playing because they don't feel like they can win," says Lottery Commission Director Bishop Woosley. "And when people stop playing, sales drop. So the ultimate affect of this will be the reverse of what they are saying this will be."

Woosley says the commission has had to reduce salaries to the tune of $600,000 in the past 18 months, and if this bill is passed, the agency will face new, deeper cuts in already reduced operational costs and staffing.
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