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Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix authored HB 2517, which would direct $5 million of leftover state lottery funds each year to the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children task force. He said the state has only four full-time investigators go after child pornography cases.

Thousands of Internet addresses in Arizona trade in child pornography and almost none of them are being investigated, said a state representative who wants to use $5 million of lottery money to increase enforcement. Read more»

State Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, co-sponsored a bill that would allow candidates for public office to request that their home addresses remain secret. She said the change would keep candidates safer. (Cronkite News Photo by )

Three bills introduced during this legislative session aim to make what currently is public information private. Read more» 1

Catherine Ramirez, a security guard, says she plays Powerball for the big jackpots. The head of the Arizona Lottery says two record Powerball jackpots contributed to a record-breaking year in fiscal 2013.

The two largest jackpots in Powerball history, including one split by a Fountain Hills man, contributed to a record-breaking fiscal 2013 for the Arizona Lottery, its executive director said. Read more»

A bill that would keep the names of Arizona Lottery winners secret failed to win state Senate approval Thursday but will get another vote. Read more»

A visitor looks at the namesake attraction at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson.

After years of delivering deep cuts, lawmakers this session are discussing ways to give Arizona State Parks some more money and bring back a lottery-funded grant program the agency administered. Read more»

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, shown in this file photo, wants to keep lottery winners’ names confidential, as five other states currently do.

A state lawmaker wants to keep the names of lottery winners private, saying the change would protect them from criminals and scam artists. But media attorneys are raising questions of transparency. "If one chooses to participate, and if you’re not prepared to let the public know you won, then don’t play." Read more» 4

Sheila Larsen, who with her husband, Brad, operates Rosie’s at the Boulder Inn Cafe 35 miles south of Hoover Dam, tends to a lottery ticket machine. Rosie’s was the second-highest-grossing Arizona Lottery retailer in fiscal 2009, topped only by a convenience store in the Arizona Strip community of Littlefield. Operators credit both stores’ proximity to Nevada, which has no lottery.

The two highest-grossing Arizona Lottery outlets were isolated businesses close to Nevada, which has no lottery. When the Powerball jackpot spikes, people flood to Rosie's at the Boulder Inn Cafe over Hoover Dam, 35 miles to the north. Read more»

Lucy and Richard Sterba look at Scratchers tickets at their Gold Canyon home. A Cronkite News Service review found that the Sterbas’ ZIP code, 85218, was the hottest spot for lottery players in fiscal 2009.

Those who buy Arizona Lottery tickets are a little older and more affluent than the median. That's different in other states, where studies show that the poor and minorities play the lottery most. Read more»