Published: March 17, 2023

Resolution to allow Nevada state lottery formally introduced in legislature

Nevada lawmakers have formally introduced a resolution to create a state lottery.

Assembly Joint Resolution 5 was referred to committee on Friday, with sponsorship from Assembly members C.H. Miller and Daniele Monroe-Moreno.

The measure would amend the Nevada state constitution, which currently bans any kind of modern lottery except for those run by not-for-profit or charitable groups.

Under the measure, the Nevada Legislature would have the power to create and regulate "modern lotteries."

Only the state could create a lottery, and no other organizations, entities or municipalities in Nevada would be able to receive such power. The existing provision allowing charitable groups to run their own lotteries would remain in place, however.

Nevada is one of five states without a lottery. As a result, state residents frequently flock to neighboring California and Arizona to purchase tickets when jackpots reach large figures.

Miller announced in February that he would introduce the resolution, with the goal of directing revenue from a lottery toward youth mental health initiatives.

"Right now, we are sending millions of dollars across the border to neighboring states," Miller said at the time. "It is time to fully invest in Nevadans and pass this constitutional amendment."

The measure has received backing from the influential Culinary Union, which said long-term capacity building for mental health and education is needed in Nevada.

Because the resolution would amend the state constitution, the measure would have to pass in the 2025 legislative session and get approval from voters before it could take effect.


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