HOUSE BILL 2147







                        52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 12, 1991

  Yeas 97   Nays 1




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 16, 1991

  Yeas 42   Nays 6




President of the Senate












Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2147 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                                  HOUSE BILL 2147



                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Representatives Heavey and Wang.


Read first time March 1, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.Restricting certain lottery activities.

     AN ACT Relating to the lottery; amending RCW 67.70.040; and declaring an emergency.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 67.70.040 and 1988 c 289 s 801 are each amended to read as follows:

     The commission shall have the power, and it shall be its duty:

     (1) To promulgate such rules governing the establishment and operation of a state lottery as it deems necessary and desirable in order that such a lottery be initiated at the earliest feasible and practicable time, and in order that such lottery produce the maximum amount of net revenues for the state consonant with the dignity of the state and the general welfare of the people.  Such rules shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

     (a) The type of lottery to be conducted which may include the selling of tickets or shares((, or)).  The use of electronic or mechanical devices or video terminals which ((do not require a printed ticket:  PROVIDED, That)) allow for individual play against such devices or terminals shall be prohibited.  Approval of the legislature shall be required before entering any agreement with other state lotteries to conduct shared games;

     (b) The price, or prices, of tickets or shares in the lottery;

     (c) The numbers and sizes of the prizes on the winning tickets or shares;

     (d) The manner of selecting the winning tickets or shares;

     (e) The manner and time of payment of prizes to the holder of winning tickets or shares which, at the director's option, may be paid in lump sum amounts or installments over a period of years;

     (f) The frequency of the drawings or selections of winning tickets or shares, without limitation;

     (g) Without limit as to number, the type or types of locations at which tickets or shares may be sold;

     (h) The method to be used in selling tickets or shares((, which may include the use of electronic or mechanical devices and video terminals));

     (i) The licensing of agents to sell or distribute tickets or shares, except that a person under the age of eighteen shall not be licensed as an agent;

     (j) The manner and amount of compensation, if any, to be paid licensed sales agents necessary to provide for the adequate availability of tickets or shares to prospective buyers and for the convenience of the public;

     (k) The apportionment of the total revenues accruing from the sale of lottery tickets or shares and from all other sources among:  (i) The payment of prizes to the holders of winning tickets or shares, which shall not be less than forty-five percent of the gross annual revenue from such lottery, less amounts of unclaimed prizes deposited in the general fund under RCW 67.70.190 during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1989, (ii) transfers to the lottery administrative account created by RCW 67.70.260, and (iii) transfer to the state's general fund.  Transfers to the state general fund shall be made in compliance with RCW 43.01.050;

     (l) Such other matters necessary or desirable for the efficient and economical operation and administration of the lottery and for the convenience of the purchasers of tickets or shares and the holders of winning tickets or shares.

     (2) To ensure that in each place authorized to sell lottery tickets or shares, on the back of the ticket or share, and in any advertising or promotion there shall be conspicuously displayed an estimate of the probability of purchasing a winning ticket.

     (3) To amend, repeal, or supplement any such rules from time to time as it deems necessary or desirable.

     (4) To advise and make recommendations to the director for the operation and administration of the lottery.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.