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Mass. Treasurer pushing for Internet lottery sales

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BOSTON, Mass. — Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman is gearing up to ask state lawmakers for permission to create and test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games in Massachusetts.

Grossman said Tuesday that he plans to ask the Legislature to eliminate existing barriers in state law that prevent the lottery from selling tickets and other games online or accepting credit cards as a form of payment.

Grossman said the kinds of lottery items for sale on the Internet could include familiar games like Mega Millions, Powerball and instant tickets.

But Lottery officials are also looking at possibly developing so-called "social gaming" ventures like fantasy sports leagues. Other games such as online poker might not be feasible at first.

Grossman said the Lottery needs to test different games to decide which might produce the most revenue. He said the threat of Internet gambling to existing state lotteries is "imminent."

"Internet gaming is going to be a fact of life and is going to have an impact on lotteries all over the country in the relatively near future," he said. "We want to move as quickly as we can, as appropriately as we can."

Grossman, who as treasurer oversees the lottery, said a special task force he set up to explore the issue is preparing to release its findings.

Among those recommendations is that any plan to expand the lottery online must also protect the 7,400 convenience stores, liquor stores and other stores that sell physical lottery tickets. Grossman called the lottery agents the backbone of the system.

The lottery is expected to collect net profits of about $927 million in the current year. The money is returned to cities and towns in the form of local aid.

In explaining his push for online lottery games, Grossman pointed to a U.S. Justice Department ruling last December that reversed its previous stance barring states from conducting online gambling.

The department's ruling goes far beyond tickets, however, opening the door to states offering virtually any form of gambling, except on sports. Grossman said the new ruling allows the Massachusetts Lottery to market online to in-state adults with credit cards.

Grossman said he didn't have an estimate about when the Lottery might start testing online games, although nothing can happen until state lawmakers pass legislation giving him the green light. The Legislature is set to come back into formal session in January for a new two-year term.

"We want to test it out and we want to test it out very, very carefully," Grossman said. "We want to gather more data."

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egg harbor twp.south jersey shore
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Posted: December 12, 2012, 11:54 am - IP Logged

The ma. lottery logo looks like a side view of an outstretched arm w/ the index finger motioning you to come here.

As if to say come here and play lottery.

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    maringoman's avatar - kobold
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    Posted: December 12, 2012, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

    The ma. lottery logo looks like a side view of an outstretched arm w/ the index finger motioning you to come here.

    As if to say come here and play lottery.

    hahaha thats an astute observation haymaker.

    Anyways the lotteries have been changing so fast in the last few years, it scary. I hope to win soon before

    even more changes so I can get out and watch from the sidelines like Jack Nicholson at a Lakers game Wink Lurking

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      egg harbor twp.south jersey shore
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      Posted: December 12, 2012, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

      hahaha thats an astute observation haymaker.

      Anyways the lotteries have been changing so fast in the last few years, it scary. I hope to win soon before

      even more changes so I can get out and watch from the sidelines like Jack Nicholson at a Lakers game Wink Lurking

      Yeah, I think I'd like to hit and run now too.

       

      I just held out my right arm in front of the lamp shining on the wall,

      the shadow looks almost exactly like the logo. LOL

      Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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        Posted: December 13, 2012, 5:53 am - IP Logged

        I am not against internet lottery and internet lottery sales... This will make lottery gaming much easier...only, people should be made aware of how these things happen...

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          Posted: December 13, 2012, 7:54 am - IP Logged

          Mass can be the model, I am sure there are many pros and cons, would like to see it go into effect and get feedback from players and lottery officials.

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            Posted: December 13, 2012, 9:56 am - IP Logged

            Mass can be the model, I am sure there are many pros and cons, would like to see it go into effect and get feedback from players and lottery officials.

            Nice work on hitting 10000 sully16, way to keep on postin...........


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              Posted: December 13, 2012, 9:57 am - IP Logged

              I think Internet lottery ticket sales will go over about as well as Internet grocery sales did......No Nod

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                Posted: December 14, 2012, 1:47 am - IP Logged

                Someone just won 50 mill in the state. The PB has been won back to back.