Statement from John Sowinski, President of No Casinos, on Governor Rick Scott veto of HB 937, relating to warning labels on lottery tickets.
“The Florida Lottery has exploded from a once-a-week drawing, as promised to voters in 1986, to a major gambling enterprise featuring 11 weekly drawings and 82 different scratch off games that can cost up to $25 to play, according to published reports by the Florida Lottery. News reports document that advertising for the Lottery heavily targets low-income communities. That the state owns the lottery makes it no less prone to create problem gamblers and damage vulnerable household budgets. We are disappointed that the state will not include a label to warn players of the potential addictive nature of these games. A state engaged in an activity that can do harm to its residents owes them at least that much.”