- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lottery tickets and advertising could soon contain noticeable warnings under a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The Florida Senate and House on Friday both passed the bill that would require television, radio and Internet ads for the Florida Lottery to carry one of six warnings on the addictiveness of gambling. Warnings would also say gambling causes financial problems and that there are very low odds of winning. The same warnings would also be printed on the front of tickets.

The Florida Lottery sells a wide lineup of tickets ranging in price from $1 to $25 at more than 13,000 locations across the state.

The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. If it becomes law, it would take effect in January.

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