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Powerball Lottery Reaches Reaches $275 Million For Saturday Draw

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Many states will be experiencing long lines at lottery retailers this weekend. The Powerball Lottery jackpot in has grown to $275 million.

Most of the time when lottery jackpots get up into the hundreds of million dollar ranges, they are multi state lotteries in which people from different states all compete for the grand prize. That is once again the case.

Once in a while, a lottery game has people that are so unlucky that they cannot hit the jackpot, and that creates more and more players with every passing draw that there is no winner.

In the United States, the Powerball Lottery has gone almost two full months since the last time somebody won. January 19th was the start of the most recent jackpot. It started at $15 million and has now grown to $275 million.

If nobody matches the winning numbers in Saturday’s draw, the figure will begin to climb towards the biggest jackpot in the game’s history. As it stands now, if someone does win this weekend, it would go down as the seventh biggest ever.

The Powerball Lottery game is played in twenty nine states. There have been seventeen drawings since the last time somebody won the grand prize.

North Dakota State Racing Commission Could Be Headed For Doom

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North Dakota lawmakers feel they have seen enough of the problems that are taking place within the state Racing Commission. They have issued a threat to clean up their act, or risk being abolished.

There has been much fighting going on between the state’s horsemen, the Commission’s director, and its commissioners. Enough fighting, in fact, that lawmakers are threatening to put an end to the Commission for good.

“The situation isn’t working. I just think, where else can you go except start over with a clean slate,” said Representative Shirley Meyer. She echoed the thoughts of many of the representatives.

If the legislation is drawn up, the burden of the work that the Commission was responsible for would be divided between the Attorney General, and the state Agriculture Department.

The Bill would not be introduced until 2009, but representatives gave a stern warning to the Commission ,”to get it together, or it’s over,” said Rep. Jon Nelson.

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Pompano Park Casino Challenging Seminoles Right To Blackjack

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Governor Charlie Crist of Florida took a very proactive approach to the future of casino gambling in his state of Florida. Crist chose to be a pioneer in the efforts to eventually bring full casino gambling to the state.

He signed a compact with the Seminole Indians late last year that would allow the tribe to bring Vegas style slots to their casinos in the state. The other part of that agreement is that the Seminoles would also be allowed to bring blackjack and baccarat to the gamblers of Florida.

There is no doubt that the lawsuit is driven by the possibility of the Isle losing many of their current customers, a fact they even have acknowledged. Pompano Park will, “suffer irreparable injury by loss of customers, revenue, customer goodwill, and competitive standing,” said the lawsuit.

While they claim to be not bitter over the fact that the Seminoles will be allowed the new table games, they came of as such in the lawsuit. “The Seminoles operate six facilities, all within driving distance of Pompano Park. If the Isle at Pompano Park were to operate the same games, our company would face a possible fine and imprisonment, as well as risk our gaming licence,” said the suit.

This is not the first legal fire that the compact has come under. It already is in a battle with House Speaker Marco Rubio over whether the compact violates the Florida Constitution’s separation of power clause.

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Poker Machine Freeze To Help Problem Gambling In Queensland

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Poker gambling machines can be found with much more ease these days in many countries than twenty years ago. Queensland, Australia has seen the amount of machines grow to record numbers.

The Queensland government has now put their foot down in dealing with these poker machines. They have put a freeze on any new machines for a period that should be the next two years.

The government is placing this cap on the machines to ensure that a disturbing figure is lowered. Queensland has more poker machines per person than any other state in Australia.

The freeze will specifically hurt clubs that have been waiting for approval of applications they have put in to receive more poker machines. It will also effect the gambling business in the immediate future.

“It’s going to have quite a severe impact on the clubs that have put in applications,” said Penny Wilson, Club Queensland Chief Executive.

Problem gambling was one of the targets with the new ruling. The government that by slowing down the growth of gambling, less people may be exposed to problem gambling.

Kansas Casino Hopefuls To Present To Lottery Commission In May

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The state of Kansas is on their way towards expanded gambling. The legislature in the state has already passed a gambling act that would allow for four additional casino locations throughout the state.

Opposition has filed a suit with the state Supreme Court. No decision has been made as of yet on the constitutional challenge, but that has not stopped the process of expanding gambling from moving forward.

The Kansas Lottery Commission has announced that they will be hearing the proposals of five developers looking to build casinos in Wyandotte County. The presentations will be held May 19th and 20th.

Two other proposals will also be heard those days, but not for Wyandotte. they will be for two of the other zones that will receive expanded casino gambling.

Most of the proposals that are left for Wyandotte are on the high end. They range from $650 million to $777 million. All of the proposals have received the necessary local endorsements that were required in the process.