Pa. governor wants to tax lottery winnings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WYTV) – Anyone who wins big playing a Pennsylvania Lottery game soon could have part of their winnings taken by the state.

Pennsylvania is one of just two states that does not tax lottery winnings. The other state is California. But Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to change that.

Anyone who wins over $600 would have to pay taxes on the winnings. The tax could bring an extra $15 million in revenue a year to the state.

“The federal government taxes it, so it just seems like that is something we ought to get in with everybody else and get our tax system up to date,” Wolf said.

Lottery winnings have been exempt from state taxes since the Pennsylvania Lottery’s inception in 1971. At the time, lawmakers were worried that taxing the winnings would cut into money that supports senior citizens programs.

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