Beshear And Kentucky In A Pickle After Powerball Gambling Win
Governor Steve Beshear spent the better part of 2009 trying to advance the notion that online gambling was bad for the state of Kentucky. On Saturday, however, Beshear was proved wrong when a winning Powerball lottery ticket was sold in the state.
The winning ticket was worth $128.6 million. The ticket was sold in Georgetown, Kentucky, and it was a product of online gambling. The Powerball lottery, much like any state lottery, is done through online machines that pop out the tickets for the game.
The state of Kentucky will receive $3.5 million in taxes from the winning ticket. There has been no word out of the Beshear's office as to whether or not the state would turn that money down because it is a product of gambling.
"This lottery win puts Governor Beshear in a tight position,' said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz, "Since this is a multi-state lottery, and the only way to buy a ticket is through an online machine, it would seem that Beshear would be against this form of gambling."
Beshear, earlier this year, attempted to seize the domain names of 141 online gambling sites. His efforts were turned away by an appeals court in Kentucky, and the case is currently heading towards the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The win in Saturday's drawing became the largest gambling lottery win in Kentucky history. The previous high was $89.3 million back in 1996.
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