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The Assembly, on the second attempt, approved a bill that would provide a free hot line for compulsive lottery ticket buyers. The bill by Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-LaMesa) was sent to the Senate by a 55-15 vote. The Assembly had defeated the bill last month, but Peace was given a second chance. The bill would require the Lottery Commission to establish a statewide free 24-hour hot line to advise compulsive ticket buyers of where they can go to get counseling. It would also require printed lottery advertisements to include the estimated odds of winning the highest prize. The bill analysis pointed out that a poll late last year indicated that 71% of all lottery tickets were bought by 18% of lottery players.


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