House Passes Bill Restricting Lottery Advertising

Apr 11, 2013

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place advertising restrictions on North Carolina's state-run lottery.

House Bill 156 would require advertisements to include the odds of winning a game's largest prize rather than the overall odds of winning a prize. Republican representative Paul Stam is a sponsor of the bill.

"They don't tell you in that ad, that your chance of winning that prize is maybe another ticket, or five dollars or something like that- "cause they're mixing the ad probabilities with the wrong prize, all in an effect to deceive the bettors," says Stam.

The bill would also require the lottery to disclose that big jackpot winners of games like Mega Millions or Powerball would receive less if they take their winnings as a lump sum.

The measure passed 99 to 12. It now goes to the House.