The act amending the Penal Code adds a new prohibition on the use of money raised from the state lottery account to fund illegal gambling or the operation of gambling devices. These prohibitions are outlined in Chapter 47 of the Penal Code. In addition, the lottery account may not be used to pay out a prize that has been won illegally. In Texas, the lottery is governed by a board of directors. Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1385 (S.B. 1655), Sec. 5(a) became effective June 19, 2009.
The act establishes a commission that is empowered to investigate and study lottery operations throughout the commonwealth. The commission’s task is to determine any defects in state lottery laws or rules and make recommendations for revisions. The commission is also responsible for protecting against the use of the lottery law as a cloak for the operation of organized gambling. The commission also has the power to investigate the lottery in other states. To make recommendations, the commission must consider the views of citizens regarding lottery activities.
The states are also considering expanding their marketing and advertising efforts to increase lottery participation. Some have even increased their advertising budgets to increase public awareness. Some have even increased retail locations. While these efforts may seem like a good idea, the effectiveness of state lottery advertising is debatable. It is crucial to design an effective marketing strategy to attract more players and increase lottery revenues. If these initiatives are not successful, the state lottery may have to close its doors for good.