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Texas closer to selling lottery tickets online

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Texas would become the first state to sell lottery tickets online under legislation has received approval by a state legislative panel.

Under the bill approved by the state House Appropriations Committee on Monday, players also would be able to pay for lottery tickets with a debit card and establish a Texas Lottery Commission account that would draw down as they bought tickets.

Players also could also establish a Texas Lottery Commission account that would draw down as they purchase tickets.

House members barely discussed the measure at Monday's meeting.  The proposal was inserted in a larger bill, which would allow motorists to display one license plate on the rear of a vehicle.

Rep. Jim Pitts, the committee chairman and bill author, said Internet sales of lottery tickets would earn an additional $100 million a year. The lottery raised $1 billion last year for schools.

Rep. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, a supporter of the bill, described its chances in the full House as 50-50, depending, he said, on whether money was still needed toward the end of the session to fund crucial services.

Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, objected to the proposal, saying it could give children access to buying tickets and easier access could fuel gambling addictions.

The Lottery Commission was taken by surprise. Officials said they weren't told of the bill ahead of time and don't yet know what kind of games they would offer via the Internet.

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Posted: April 26, 2005, 4:59 pm - IP Logged

Better TX than NY.

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    Posted: April 27, 2005, 7:17 pm - IP Logged

    I'd like NY Lottery to do that.


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      Posted: April 27, 2005, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

      mav:

      Not before the payback % is increased in NY Lotto.

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        Posted: April 27, 2005, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

        I'd like other NY games to be sold online too.

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          Posted: April 28, 2005, 7:28 am - IP Logged

          pretty soon most lotteries could be online in several states.

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            Posted: April 29, 2005, 6:24 am - IP Logged

            i wonder if tennessee would be open to this...


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              Posted: April 30, 2005, 12:23 pm - IP Logged

              Would IL or TX be first?

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                Posted: April 30, 2005, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

                didn't new york think of doing this too? i may be wrong i'm not sure....


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                  Posted: May 3, 2005, 4:24 pm - IP Logged

                  NY needs to improve the payback in Lotto first.

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                    Posted: May 3, 2005, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

                    "The proposal was inserted in a larger bill, which would allow motorists to display one license plate on the rear of a vehicle."

                    Just how many licenses do you have to display in Texas - it's been one since Washington issued them except for interstate semi's.

                    I also assume you would have to have a Texas address.


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                      Posted: May 4, 2005, 9:37 am - IP Logged

                      Driver's license or license plates?