The newly created Senate committee on the lottery held its first meeting on Wednesday. The meeting occurred two weeks after the House passed a lottery bill in a historic 61-59 vote. The committee chairman, Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, said the bill probably would be altered from its current form. Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg has said that any change to the bill in the Senate could break the fragile House coalition that passed it the first time. Senator Rand said the committee likely will meet again next week and added that he doesn't expect a vote until next month. Rumors abound that the lottery may come back to the House with a tobacco tax added, or quite possibly, may become part of the budget proposal.