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Maryland Lottery Director says online sales coming

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Posted: April 20, 2012, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

Illinois has online sales, state residents only, and you have to give them your social security number and a credit card number to play.

Considering major bansk, government agencies and others have been hacked I'd say at this point not for me.

Hacking into an online lottery website with SSANs and credit card numbers would be a hackers dream come true.

No thanks.

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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    Posted: April 20, 2012, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

    Illinois has online sales, state residents only, and you have to give them your social security number and a credit card number to play.

    Considering major bansk, government agencies and others have been hacked I'd say at this point not for me.

    Hacking into an online lottery website with SSANs and credit card numbers would be a hackers dream come true.

    No thanks.

    I'm not what is called an "early adopter" i'll see how it pans out.

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      Posted: April 20, 2012, 9:07 pm - IP Logged

      Illinois has online sales, state residents only, and you have to give them your social security number and a credit card number to play.

      Considering major bansk, government agencies and others have been hacked I'd say at this point not for me.

      Hacking into an online lottery website with SSANs and credit card numbers would be a hackers dream come true.

      No thanks.

      I Agree!

      You'd have to be some kind of stupid to put your social security number and credit card numbers on line with hackers all over the place looking to steal peoples identitys.

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        Posted: April 20, 2012, 11:56 pm - IP Logged

        I am an Illinois resident and i set up a lottery subscription on-line.  The Illinois Lottery already had my info so going on-line to buy Mega and IL Lotto tickets did not require me to enter the info again.  your info is only entered once to set the account up.  the good thing about it is, i dont have to worry about a lost ticket, someone claiming they are part owner of the ticket (office pool), or someone trying to steal the ticket or say i stole it from them.  there is no physical ticket printed.  you are emailed your number selection as well as the option to print a receipt of your purchase. 

        when you win, the process takes less time because they already have your info and dont have to investigate the legitimacy of the ticket and how you obtained it.  worring about your ssn is an issue for some people.  they are going to get it anyway when you win.

        as far as retailers go, the internet will bring in new and current players, however, it will not stop people from purchasing from the retailer.  playing on-line is an "option" not a replacement.  i play both. As a matter of convience, i play on-line, as a matter of preference, i play at the gas station or local store.  i work overnight and my not have time to stop in and get a ticket.  the lines get long because of the last minute buyers.  i just go on-line, buy a couple of tickets, and i am off to work.  i love the on-line lottery and the retailer, it's just a matter of what you are in the mood for when playing.

         

        p.s.  the on-line is great when you have a sudden vision or a dream and want to play a number fresh in your head.  jump on the computer or internet phone and play it right away.

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          Posted: April 21, 2012, 12:02 am - IP Logged

          Actually, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, And Checks Are Forms of Payment.  If your financial institution gets hacked, that has nothing to do with your playing on-line.  if a hacker does attack the lottery's computer, i doubt your info would just be sitting there waiting to be taken, but you never know.  they had my info already from my subscription i bought on-line so it was just a matter of signing and buying tickets.  I love it.

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            Posted: April 21, 2012, 12:04 am - IP Logged

            The Illinois lottery and the information they required was enough to let me know I will never play online. The informationt they required is more than enough for some hacker to steal your identity and God knows what else. 

            And as I mentioned before now that your winnings can be tracked there are going to be some people that are going to be slapped with some nice tax bills down the road that they were not expecting. Plus, I like supporting my local retailers.

            I refuse to setup a Facebook account and that is nowhere near the levels of intrusiveness that the online lotteries require. 


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              Posted: April 21, 2012, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

              "I can watch my TV and bet the ponies, but i still go to the race track."


              exactly!

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                Posted: April 21, 2012, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

                  They didn't say if the payouts will be the same as the offshore sites. So I wonder if this is only about being able purchase   tickets online. The way the state budget is going here...

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                  Posted: April 21, 2012, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

                  VenomV12,

                  I agree with you about Facebook. If there is a 'shadow government' out there or just a grouop of bad people in general, they don't even have to make any effort at all to assemble a dossier on people, they people are gladly providing it for them - on Facebook.

                  Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                  Lep

                  There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                    VenomV12,

                    I agree with you about Facebook. If there is a 'shadow government' out there or just a grouop of bad people in general, they don't even have to make any effort at all to assemble a dossier on people, they people are gladly providing it for them - on Facebook.

                    Lol, seriously. I can't believe people setup Facebook accounts and basically give all their information away, what they are doing, where they are going, who they are dating, everything and on top of that, for free. Facebook literally made the Feds and law enforcement's jobs ten times easier. 

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                      VenomV12,

                      Yup, all those things and more. Jobs blown because of a comment someone made on Facebook or because of what someone else said that a person said opn Favcebook, etc...

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                      Lep

                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                        Posted: April 22, 2012, 12:53 am - IP Logged

                        You can buy lottery tickets online and at lottery retailers in most European countries mainly the UK. Lottery players use both in England. I do not understand why USA lotteries are so slow to embrace the Internet relative to European countries.

                        If, like in Europe, all winners remain anonymous, and there is no tax on lottery winnings, then I would have a lot less misgivings about online sales.  However, I contend that buying your tickets on line just makes it that much harder to keep it a secret.  I think hackers would immediately set about finding out whose computer the winning ticket was sold on.

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                          Posted: April 22, 2012, 1:11 am - IP Logged
                          For all you paranoid schizophrenic's that RFDI chip you carry around is easier hacked than your computer.

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