Senate OKs gambling

A bill that would increase lottery prizes to increase gambling in Oklahoma is headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate on passed House Bill 1837 by a vote of 36-10.

The vote is seen as a reaction to projected a $878 million budget hole in the next fiscal year’s budget. Current law requires the lottery to give 35 percent of its profits to education. The bill would remove that profit requirement. It would allow the Oklahoma Lottery Commission to increase prizes and gambling officials claim that will mean more sales of lottery tickets.