AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR HONESTY IN ADVERTISING AND MARKETING OF THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE LOTTERY.
Under current law, GS 18C-114(a)(2) delineates the powers and duties of the North Carolina Lottery Commission (Commission), which includes the authority of the Commission to prescribe the nature of lottery advertising and the rules and guidelines to which all lottery advertising must adhere.
Makes a clarifying change to GS 18C-114(a)(2) to authorize the Commission to require that all advertising include resources for gambling (was, gaming) addiction. Authorizes the Commission to require that lottery advertising, which states the chances of winning a prize, does not omit the value of the lowest prize that may be won. Authorizes the Commission to require that lottery advertising, which states the odds of winning a prize, must at a minimum disclose the odds of winning the prize with the largest value. Prohibits any advertising or sponsorship from taking place during or in connection with any high school or high school sporting event.
Amends GS 18C-115 to require full disclosure to the public of the amounts received and activities supported by lottery proceeds from any state department or agency that receives lottery funds.
Amends GS 18C-130 to limit the types of lottery games in the state to draw-style games and instant scratch-off games unless the General Assembly approves other types of lottery games. Prohibits the printing of any cartoon characters on lottery game tickets, no longer allowing the use of characters that do not appeal to minors. Requires that any web site established or maintained by the Commission must include the actual or estimated overall odds of winning each lottery game, and include a detailed tabulation of the estimated number of prizes and the odds of winning of each particular denomination on the Commission's web site.
Amends GS 18C-132(a) to prohibit any advertising for a North Carolina lottery game using specified types of drawings from referring to the role of the independent certified public accountant or auditor employed by a certified public accounting firm.
Makes conforming changes to GS 18C-152(c) to include the term "gambling" in the provisions of this section.
Effective July 1, 2015.
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