Senator Wants Losing Label on Lottery Ads

A state legislator who once proposed banning nearly all advertising for the Tennessee Lottery now is trying a different tack: a warning label.
From The Tennessean:
Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, filed a bill Thursday that would require all lottery advertising to prominently include this notice: “Warning: You will probably lose money playing the lottery.”
If enacted, it could make Tennessee the first state lottery with a warning label. Summerville said his goal is to make consumers more aware of their chances of winning.
“We have warnings on cigarettes, and we should have warnings about lottery tickets,” he said. “States that sponsor gambling should fully disclose the risks.”
The measure would require displaying the notice on all print, outdoor and point-of-sale advertising, including in foot-high letters on billboards, beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Those words also would have to be announced at the end of radio and television spots aired on and after that date.

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