New Proposal Requires Warnings In Lottery Ads

New Proposal Requires Warnings In Lottery Ads

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new proposal passed by a Senate subcommittee would require warnings in lottery advertisements if it becomes a law.

Dickson Republican Senator Jim Summerville said people who play the lottery need to be told that most of the time they probably won't win.

"You know it leads people to think they're going to get something for nothing," he said. "They're going to move from where they live in a trailer park to Easy Street. It's not going to happen."

Senator Summerville said he wants to add "Warning: You will probably lose money playing the lottery" to every Tennessee lottery print ad and commercial.

"Plain out, tell the truth you're probably going to lose your money. That's in contrast to the fantasy that we're being sold on the television commercials about the lottery," he said.

Officials with the Tennessee Lottery officials said all advertisements, with the exception of the ones on the radio, already contain the words "Play Responsibly".

The odds are printed on the back of tickets. They said adding Senator Summerville's language would hurt sales and subsequently reduce the number of HOPE Scholarships available to Tennessee students.