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IL Senator again pushes for online lottery ticket sales

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When Illinois lottery jackpots swell into the hundreds of millions, so do the lines for tickets. What if you could simply purchase lottery tickets online, at home or work?

That's been the vision of Illinois State Senator John Cullerton since February of this year, when Lottery Post reported that the Senator was pushing for lottery ticket sales over the Internet (www.lotterypost.com/news/189242).

"When a jackpot gets up over eighty million, that's when people want to buy at least one ticket, because you can't win if you don't have a ticket," said Sen. Cullerton.  "That's when you could buy them on the internet, The way people. buy their plane tickets on the internet, or wedding gifts."

Sen. Cullerton has been pushing the online lottery proposal to help raise millions for the state. But critics says it could allow children to buy lottery tickets, and increase addiction to gambling.

Jim Wagner, former president of Crime Commission, said, "We know that its addictive to gamble and to bet, there are personalities that can't stop once they start."

Wagner also points out that federal law prohibits online gambling.  Sen. Cullerton says the Justice Department could provide an exemption.

"Keep in mind, this is barely gambling," said Sen. Cullerton.

Sen. Cullerton says that making lottery tickets available over the internet would increase participation by wealthier individuals who have not been sufficiently targeted for lottery sales in the past.

Chicagoans seemed split on whether its a good idea.  Some of the thoughts expressed by people interviewed:

"Yah, i think its a great idea. The problem of course is how to police it. That's the big question."

"If you need them that badly, then you should make the trip out to the convenience store.".

And, when asked, "If they make them available on your home computer, would you buy lottery tickets," one person responded:

"I would not buy a lottery ticket regardless of whether it was available online or anywhere.

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Milwaukee, WI
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Posted: June 8, 2009, 9:34 am - IP Logged

I have bought MANY tickets for high jackpots and  have NOT had to stand in line.

They now have MANY retailers, so buying a ticket is NOT a problem...

You can buy a subscription through the mail....

This is unnecessary....

MarkP


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    Posted: June 8, 2009, 11:07 am - IP Logged

    I play the lotto when it gets up over 100m normally... there's a CircleK about a 3 minute walk from my place.  I've had to stand in no more of a line to buy a ticket then I would to buy a candybar.

    I'd be more interested in them letting us use CCs again instead of having to carry cash.

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      Posted: June 8, 2009, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

      I don't know my feelings about this. I guess it's ok since nowadays you can get everything over the internet, from a date to a college education.

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        Posted: June 9, 2009, 12:05 am - IP Logged

        I think it would be nice to be able to get a ticket for another state's drawing.  People drive out of state to get powerball tickets for large drawings, so that would be much easier.

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          Posted: June 9, 2009, 1:20 am - IP Logged

          I think it would be nice to be able to get a ticket for another state's drawing.  People drive out of state to get powerball tickets for large drawings, so that would be much easier.

          I don't believe that it is legal to buy over state lines on the internet OR by mail....

          Otherwise  I'd love to get a Illinois subscription.  It would save be a trip every 2 weeks to Illinois...

          MarkP

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            I don't believe that it is legal to buy over state lines on the internet OR by mail....

            Otherwise  I'd love to get a Illinois subscription.  It would save be a trip every 2 weeks to Illinois...

            MarkP

            It is very very legal. I see all the time people from one state winning jackpots in neighbouring states. You have to make a trip to those states though.

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              Posted: June 12, 2009, 9:11 pm - IP Logged

              It is very very legal. I see all the time people from one state winning jackpots in neighbouring states. You have to make a trip to those states though.

              That IS the difference. You have to do it by person. You can't do it over the internet or by mail.

              BUT they are looking to change that law. Barney Frank is pushing that law. He says that people should be able to make their own decisions on what they want to do with their tickets.  I did send my claim for money twice through the mail.  I claimed $30 from South Dakota and got the money back in the mail...  And I bet in vegas that Matt Kenseth would win a race. Bet $10 @ 42:1 odds and won.

              MarkP