Bill Honoring Lottery Officials Passes Senate — Barely

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A resolution honoring officials with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has passed the Senate with the minimum number of votes needed.
The measure brought by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis passed 17-5 after a Republican colleague tried unsuccessfully to table the resolution. Nine people abstained.
Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson is among some Republicans who have criticized the Tennessee Lottery, particularly the high salary being paid to its president.
But regardless of the criticism, Kyle said the lottery has been highly successful in exceeding $8.4 billion in lottery ticket sales since its inception in 2005 and raising more than $2.2 billion for education programs across Tennessee.
Last month, lottery officials told lawmakers that the lottery has set record gross sales every month since July.

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