Lottery advertising changes approved by NC House

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state House has agreed to place new advertising restrictions on North Carolina's state-run lottery seven years after its first tickets were sold.

The chamber voted 99-12 Thursday in favor of legislation its chief sponsor says will provide players with a little more honest information.

The measure would prohibit lottery ads or sponsorships with universities and require advertising to include the odds of winning a game's largest prize, not the overall odds of winning a prize. Billboards also would have to disclose that big jackpot winners receive less if they take their winnings as a lump sum.

The General Assembly narrowly approved the lottery's creation in 2005 following one of the more intense deliberations in recent North Carolina legislative history.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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