Lottery Pays Less Than 24% to Scholarships Despite Skyrocketing Ticket Sales

February 12, 2016 | Posted in Arkansas Lottery | By

According to financial reports published by the Arkansas Lottery this week, the Lottery took in $58.7 million last month, but paid out $13.8 million for college scholarships–less than 24% of its gross revenue for the month.

Below is a breakdown of the numbers since Fiscal Year 2016 started at the Arkansas Lottery last July.

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July $31,665,651.14 $5,784,683.09 18.3%
August 31,265,177.55 5,490,094.00 17.6%
September 36,134,389.63 6,624,967.11 18.3%
October 35,261,533.80 6,020,642.32 17.1%
November 32,226,599.28 5,725,139.09 17.8%
December 38,670,746.09 6,425,754.66 16.6%
January, 2016 58,746,249.00 13,831,359.75 23.5%
Total $263,970,346.49 $49,902,640.02 18.9%

All told, seven months into Fiscal Year 2016, the Arkansas Lottery has spent only about 19% of its gross revenue on college scholarships.

While Lottery officials may tout the high number of PowerBall tickets sold last month due to the record jackpots, the fact remains the Arkansas Lottery continues to allocate a pitiful percentage of its gross revenue for college scholarships. The average state lottery allocates around 30%. In Louisiana, 35% of lottery revenue goes to education. In Arkansas it is much, much less.

Abortion Group Faults Doritos Over “Anti-Choice” Superbowl Ad

February 8, 2016 | Posted in Arkansas | By

On Sunday, Doritos aired a Superbowl ad depicting an unborn baby on an ultrasound screen reacting to a father waving a Doritos chip.

In a bizarre twist, abortion advocates took to social media, criticizing the ad for, among other things, “humanizing fetuses.”

NARAL (formerly National Abortion Rights Action League) tweeted,

Now, to be fair reactions to the ad have varied even among pro-lifers. Some pro-life commentators have praised the ad; one pro-life writer called it “a bit tasteless,” but as many have pointed out, if there are problems with the ad, “humanizing” the unborn baby shouldn’t be listed among them.

After all, if an unborn baby is not a human being, then what is it?

EU Labels ISIS Action “Genocide.” Will U.S. Follow?

February 8, 2016 | Posted in Christian Persecution, Current Events | By

A few months ago we explained how the U.S. could be poised to label some of the atrocities committed by ISIS in the Middle East “genocide.”

I say “some of the atrocities,” because at the time the State Department was prepared to leave Christians off the list of genocide victims, despite the fact ISIS has specifically and brutally targeted Christians time and time again.

Last week, however, the European Union took steps to label ISIS violence as “genocide,” and to call on other nations to do the dame. Sophia Kuby, director of European Union advocacy at Alliance Defending Freedom International, issued a statement, saying,

“We applaud the European Parliament for having responded to clear and compelling evidence that Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East are victims of intentional destruction and genocide. The overwhelming majority who voted in favor of this recognition is remarkable and shows that Europe supports action against this intolerable and ongoing genocide. It was high time that the EU responded to the undeniable evidence of this genocide, which includes assassinations of church leaders, torture, mass murders, kidnapping, sexual enslavement, systematic rape of Christian and Yazidi girls and women, and the destruction of churches, monasteries, and cemeteries.”

You can read more about this decision by the European Union here.