Washington Gambling Age Could Rise - Sunday 29th of January 2006

WASHINGTON – As reported by the Olympian: "Washington's legal gambling age could change from 18 to 21 if House Bill 2872 passes.

"Most people are surprised that the legal gambling age isn't 21, said bill sponsor Mary Helen Roberts, D-Edmonds.

"…The bill's scope is too broad, said Rep. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma. He suggested creating a task force on gambling that would handle issues addressed in the bill.

"…If the bill passes, it would affect sales of the Washington Lottery by $13.7 million, said Lynn Maier of Washington Lottery. A tracking study they conducted showed that 18- to 20-year-olds make up 4 percent of scratch ticket sales and 1.5 percent of Lotto sales…"

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