New York State Lottery Commission


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In 1999, there were only six state lotteries. Today, there are nearly seventy. But according to the Gallup poll, fewer Americans buy lottery tickets. That is bad news for states that rely on lottery revenues. To keep them in business, they must create new games and prizes to lure players back to the draw. To do so, states use various strategies including expanding ticket sales online, reshaping prizes, and enhancing promotional efforts.

The New York state lottery commission may choose to publicize the winners. The commission requires identifying information from lottery winners, including valid Social Security numbers if they are a trust beneficiary. The commission will check if any claims have already been made on the prize amount. If the winnings are large, the commission may also choose to publish the results of a lottery drawing to notify people about the results. However, it is important to keep in mind that winners of large jackpots may have to pay state and local income taxes.

The commission may also examine the operation of similar laws in other states and countries. It should review federal laws governing the operation of state lotteries. It should also study the reaction of citizens to lottery features. After examining all these aspects, the commission may recommend amendments to the state lottery law. And if it finds that any of the recommendations have merit, the commission will make recommendations for changes. If a change is necessary, it will be reported to the Legislature for approval.