Illinois gamblers would be able to buy lottery tickets by computer in a program the Senate approved Thursday.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, sets up a pilot program to try online lottery ticket sales. Cullerton said Internet sales could eventually generate as much as $100 million for the state.
The measure passed 32-24 and moves to the House.
Republicans feared the measure would encourage problem gambling and increase personal debt because buyers could use credit cards.
"It brings the Lottery and gambling into the home," said Sen. Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora. "It's going to increase the habit of gambling."
Cullerton acknowledged that it's possible that children would be able to buy tickets online. But he says winnings could only be claimed by adults.