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Illinois Lottery pushes for online expansion

Mar 25, 2013, 9:51 am

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate could soon decide to increase the number of ways you can play the lottery online.

A committee has passed a bill that would allow players to wager on any of the "draw-based" games — that is, in which the winning numbers are randomly selected, as in Pick 3 and Pick 4.

Right now, only Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball are draw-based games available online. The legislation would expand that opportunity to all seven, plus any draw-based games the lottery would add in the future.

The lottery's deputy chief of staff, Jen Acker, can't estimate how much above the current $5.5 million the expansion would bring in but said the online sales are less than one-half of 1 percent of the lottery's total take.

"We see this as a way to broaden the base (and) get new people playing." Acker told senators.

S.B. 1955 has passed the Senate Executive Committee.


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Posted: March 25, 2013, 8:29 pm - IP Logged

The future is now!

"Do everything you can. Then, leave the rest to luck."

    helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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    Posted: March 25, 2013, 8:42 pm - IP Logged



      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
      Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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      Posted: March 26, 2013, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

      "...the online sales are less than one-half of 1 percent of the lottery's total take."

      What I'd like to know is if there's been any negative effect on the sales of store-bought tickets, if they can tell with only one-half of 1 percent.

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        Posted: March 27, 2013, 6:56 am - IP Logged

        This is a good news! A lot of players will enjoy playing online. I hope more players will win from this online games too!