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Senator proposes study of Hawaii joining a multistate lottery

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 9:13 p.m. HST, Jan 20, 2011

A state lawmaker has unveiled legislation to study the pros and cons of Hawaii joining a multistate lottery.

The measure by Sen. Malama Solomon of the Big Island would require the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to examine Hawaii's potential participation in the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries.

She told KITV that Hawaii could add a sweetener for lottery winners, such as a free trip to the state.

Hawaii currently bars all gambling, and gambling proposals arise and die in every legislative session.

But the state's difficult finances is prodding legislators to examine moneymaking proposals.

Rep. Marcus Oshiro, chairman of the House Finance Committee, says he expects serious debate on gambling ideas.

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