|Posted: February 19, 2012, 7:06 am - IP Logged|
Although I'm in Florida until April I'm a resident of Illinois as I live in Chicago. You will not be able to purchase Illinois tickets even if you live one block outside of the state, bank on it. My friend who also lives in Chicago has a place in Las Vegas which now allows for sportsbooks to take bets over the phone and internet to the local hotels and he's not even able to place bets when he's out of state. They have the software to prevent this as it would be considered intrastate gambling which is illegal. I don't think this is going to hurt stores presently with terminals at all as a good portion of the people who play the lottery in Illinois don't have credit cards and unless they offer some other way to pay their going to be headed to the stores as there's a good reason they call it a tax on the poor. Furthermore there not going to be offering scratchoff tickets online and that accounts for 50% of their sales so I'll still be going to a gas station and having to wait behind four morons who are buying scratchoffs.
What makes me sick is that I presently can't play poker online but the government has no problem with me playing the lotto online. The odds between the two games are not even worth discussing yet they have no problem with me losing my money to the one that you realistically have no chance of winning.
Don't forget, it's all for the children and their educaiton...........................................YEAH RIGHT.
Sorry but I still rather have my physical ticket from an in store terminal where it can't be hacked, stolen, printed wrong and about ten million other things I see going wrong with online sales. I buy my tickets once every two weeks for both the Megamillions and Powerball. (I have a friend who bought my Megamillions ticket and sent them to me here in Florida.) I rather just go to the store.