Lawmakers consider warning label for lottery tickets

Label would be similar to cigarette warning
Posted at 5:48 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 06:22:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.

A House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would require all lottery tickets to say "Warning: Gambling can be addictive."

Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican who is sponsoring the bill, said lottery tickets are a government-sanctioned activity and should come with the same kind of warnings found on cigarettes.

The Florida Lottery sells a wide lineup of tickets ranging in price from $1 to $25 at more than 13,000 locations across the state. If the bill becomes law, it would take effect in January.

It's not clear if the bill will pass. A companion measure has not yet been heard in the Florida Senate.

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