Feds give OK to online gambling, but it is not likely to happen in Idaho

Mitch Coffman Headlines

In mid-December, while most of the country was preparing for the holidays, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly reversed its decision regarding the 1961 Wire Act. The DOJ says the act applies to online sports betting, but not other forms of gambling such as online poker or tickets sales. This could potentially open the door for states to …

Idaho Lottery gives record $36.5 million back to state schools, buildings (video)

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

Idaho stores sold a record $147 million in lottery tickets during the past year, and the state lottery is giving $36.5 million to the state’s public schools and Permanent Building Fund.  The dividend going back to the state is also an all-time high. Since being created 21 years ago, lottery sales have totaled $2 billion, with close to one-quarter of …

New liquor division director doesn’t foresee changes to state-run system soon

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

The new man in charge of Idaho’s liquor division, Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson, said he doesn’t expect people will see any changes to state-run liquor stores or alcohol policy, but said he’ll try to implement some of the business practices he said have worked at the lottery.  Anderson is in his second week of directing the state’s liquor division.  …

Idaho liquor division leader Nally retiring

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

Idaho Liquor Division Director Dyke Nally is retiring after leading the division for 15 years.  Gov. Butch Otter announced that Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson will take over Nally’s responsibilities while still overseeing the state lottery.  The lottery’s director of administration, Becky Schroeder, will move up to a chief operating officer position and continue to report to Anderson.  Anderson will …

Lottery revenues rising

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

One revenue sector of state government that’s seen growth in down economic times is the Idaho Lottery. Lotto director Jeff Anderson told lawmakers Monday that the lottery is seeing a 5.4 percent sales increase during the current year, and is expecting 2.5 percent growth in the next year. “It’s organic growth,” Anderson said. “There are more people playing, but not …