LEGISLATURE COULD EXPAND LOTTERY.
Byline: Steve Geissinger Sacramento Bureau
SACRAMENTO - Despite fears California is becoming the world's gambling capital, the state lottery A game of chance operated by a state government.
Generally a lottery offers a person the chance to win a prize in exchange for something of lesser value. Most lotteries offer a large cash prize, and the chance to win the cash prize is typically available for one dollar. Friday broadened its proposed overhaul to include Nevada-style games banned by the 1984 lottery initiative.
The lottery - which is finding increased competition with Indian casinos - amended its already controversial reorganization plan A scheme authorized by federal law and promulgated by the president whereby he or she alters the structure of federal agencies to promote government efficiency and economy through a transfer, consolidation, coordination, authorization, or abolition of functions. to add games including roulette, dice, baccarat baccarat (bä`kərä', băk`–, Fr. bäkärä`), French card game formerly widely played in European casinos but now supplanted in popularity by chemin de fer. , blackjack blackjack, one of the world's most widely played gambling card games; also known as twenty-one or vingt-et-un. Despite contesting claims between the French and Italians, its origins are unknown. , Lucky 7s, draw poker draw poker
Poker in which each player is dealt five cards face down and may then discard and get replacements for a specified number of cards after the first round of betting.
Noun 1. and slot machines.
The amendment fueled the controversy surrounding the legislation, which already proposes the first major overhaul of the two-decade-old, state-run lottery. The measure would boost prizes and slice struggling schools' share of revenue, in hopes of soon fostering lotto mania that would then increase education's take.
Officials say the lottery initiative that became part of the state constitution would allow the Legislature and governor to make the changes without a vote of Californians. A clause in the original ballot measure permits alterations if they advance the lottery's goal of making money for schools, colleges and universities.
The reorganization ``could be worth literally hundreds of millions of dollars more to education,'' said Bob Vincent, a spokesman for East Coast- based GTECH, a lottery supplier and supporter of the lottery overhaul bill.