Lottery Oversight Committee Votes 'Non Support' On Video Bets

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 5:26 pm  

Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. (Photo by Jason Burt)

Woosley also said the image of the lottery has been hurt by lawsuits and a scandal in which a security officer, Remmele Mazyck, was convicted of stealing large numbers of instant tickets - a loss of $482,000 to the lottery. Woosley said an insurance payout has reimbursed almost all of losses, with the balance expected to come from an order that Mazyck pay restitution.

Jerry Cox, director of the conservative Arkansas Family Council, said approving use of debit cards and introductions of the monitor games would be a bad combination.

People with gambling problems could run out of cash but keep playing by using a debit card, he said, and the monitor games would have greater appeal for gambling addicts.

"There are a bunch of unanswered questions about these new games," Cox said.

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