For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2006
Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson
Legislation Banning Pawn Shops/Payday Lenders from Lottery Sales
Goes to Gov.
State Senator Kathleen
Wilcoxson, R-Oklahoma City, has won final Senate approval for
legislation banning the sale of lottery tickets at pawn shops, payday
lenders and check-cashing businesses.
Wilcoxson was principal author of SB 1089, which was coauthored
by Rep. Sally Kerns, R-Oklahoma City. The Senator said the strong
bipartisan support for the measure was evidence that even those
legislators who supported the lottery felt this was an important
“What we’re saying with the passage of this measure
is that we are not going to tempt or exploit those citizens who
can least likely afford to lose what few dollars they have on lottery
tickets,” said Wilcoxson.
Wilcoxson said she was very concerned last year when the Lottery
Commission had initially voted to allow the sale of lottery tickets
at pawn shops and payday lenders.
“They changed their stand and voted to prohibit those sales,
but there’s nothing to prevent future commission members from
reversing that decision,” Wilcoxson said. “By placing
this prohibition in state law, we can ensure that won’t happen.”
SB 1089 now goes to Gov. Brad Henry for his consideration.
“I am optimistic that Gov. Henry will join us in supporting
this measure,” Wilcoxson said.
If approved, the legislation would take effect immediately.
For more information, contact:
Senator Wilcoxson's Office: (405) 521-5618