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Braden’s Lottery Proposal (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-05-13

Duration: 00:09:31

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Lotteries | Local governments | Louisiana State Lottery Company


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Carleton, Mark Interviewee
  • Braden, Hank Interviewee
  • Carey, Richard Interviewee
  • Ward, Ken Interviewee
  • Bower, Dan Interviewee


This segment from the May 13, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on State Senator Hank Braden’s proposed constitutional amendment at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature to create a state lottery to raise revenues for local governments. Ekings interviews: Dr. Mark Carleton, a history professor at LSU, on the history and corruption of the Louisiana State Lottery Company, which ran from 1869-1894; State Senator Hank Braden on the restrictions placed on local governments in raising revenues and the need for new funding sources; Richard Carey, the director of the Maine State Lottery, on the security features of their lottery tickets; Ken Ward, the executive director of the Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation, on the reasons his organization opposes the lottery; and Don Bower, the president of Scientific Games, on the research that shows that poor people do not play the lottery. Host: Beth George