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House Passes Bill Restricting Lottery Advertising

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.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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