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Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales

May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm

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Illinois LotteryIllinois Lottery: Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket salesRating:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.

The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.

Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill's foes feared.

"We're not reinventing the wheel," Lang said.

The bill moved to the Senate 62-47, only two votes above the bare minimum needed for passage. The measure also calls for a study on how online lottery sales impact convenience stores and other retailers that sell lottery tickets.

Chicago Tribune

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This is the wave of the future. Change is difficult as first, but with pioneering states such as Illinois, change will take place.  Type

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    This is the wave of the future. Change is difficult as first, but with pioneering states such as Illinois, change will take place.  Type

    I Agree!

     

    Check the State Lottery Report Card
    What grade did your lottery earn?

     

    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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      Welcome to the 21st Century Thud

      "You have to be in it to win it!"

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        This will disappoint those folks who like standing in line when trick sales are good asking silly questions of ticket buyers such as "Have you ever won anything buying so many tickets or have you just wasted your money?"  They'll have find other ways to stick their noses into other people business.

         * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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          Mr. Lang has it right. Just making it more convenient for the customer. 1 down 49 to go!

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            This will disappoint those folks who like standing in line when trick sales are good asking silly questions of ticket buyers such as "Have you ever won anything buying so many tickets or have you just wasted your money?"  They'll have find other ways to stick their noses into other people business.

            Who or what is "...trick sales are good asking silly questions..."?

            Who exactly is doing the asking, which I inderstand is being posed to the store customers?

            Who is the "they"  in the "they will find other ways to stick their noses into other people business"

             

            Please explain further. Thanks!

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              Who or what is "...trick sales are good asking silly questions..."?

              Who exactly is doing the asking, which I inderstand is being posed to the store customers?

              Who is the "they"  in the "they will find other ways to stick their noses into other people business"

               

              Please explain further. Thanks!

              Homosapiens.

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                just hope it doesnt get hacked

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                  Minnesnowta
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                  I don't understand why this is necessary. What is so difficult about walking into your local fuel stop and buying a ticket or two? All this online crap will only cost the lottery more to operate, maintain, and have addtional security costs.

                  Dumb.

                  Making dreams on a 1-175 million chance...

                  Fools we are.

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                    Good news for Illinois for a change.

                    It beats having everybody talking about them being the most corrupt state in the nation all the time.

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                      Good news for Illinois for a change.

                      It beats having everybody talking about them being the most corrupt state in the nation all the time.

                      Yeah,it'll take their minds off of Illinois being broke ;~)

                      Illinois needs all the good news it can get.

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                        Welcome to the 21st Century Thud

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                          I read that Illinois is using the online lottery as a test pilot to someday start online poker.

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                            This isn't all for the players, not even close.

                            Illinois is in hock for about $1.8 billion and scrambling to bring in money however it can.

                            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners. 

                            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.