Mass. Lottery may offer online games
In response to declining sales among digitally savvy young adults, the Massachusetts State Lottery is calling on lawmakers to open a new gambling frontier lottery games offered around the clock on mobile devices and computers.
The only way to reach the younger market is via online lottery games, said state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who oversees the Lottery Commission. It's the future and we need to face it.
Goldberg said the state lottery has studied online games and is now seeking legisla ...
Jul 12, 2016, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Online sales fuel increase in Michigan Lottery revenue
Since it began in Michigan last Thanksgiving, Internet lottery sales have mushroomed along with the number of players using their smartphones and personal computers to play.
In November 2015, the State Lottery Bureau, without fanfare, moved into the Internet gaming market, making it easier for players to bet from home instead of driving to the nearest lottery store to place a wager.
At the outset there were about 86,000 players who registered with the state for the Internet games.
The n ...
Jun 21, 2016, 2:09 pm - Lottery News forum
New law gives Québec Lottery power to shut down competitors
Canada's major Internet service providers, a Quebec First Nations group and potentially the federal government are lining up against Quebec legislation that will lead to the blocking of gambling websites chosen by the government agency Loto-Qu bec.
Under Bill 74, the new law passed last month in Quebec's National Assembly, Loto-Qu bec can ask Vid otron, Bell Canada, Cogeco Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and other ISPs to block the sites of the agency's competitors or face fines of up to $10 ...
Jun 2, 2016, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
After Senate setback, Mass. Lottery chief again emphasizes online presence
The Massachusetts Lottery did not secure Senate approval last week to begin the process of making its products available online, and time is running short for the Legislature to grant that authorization, the still-hopeful head of the Lottery said Tuesday.
Senator Jennifer Flanagan, Democrat of Leominster, filed a budget amendment that would have given the Lottery the approval it needed to move forward with its exploration of online opportunities, but Flanagan withdrew her amendment during the ...
Jun 1, 2016, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Senate weighing plan to give Lottery 'broad mandate' for online games
If the Massachusetts State Lottery is to continue to thrive and return hundreds of millions of dollars to cities and towns, it must have the ability to move online in some fashion, its executive director said, but it first needs permission from the Legislature to test the World Wide Web's waters.
It's critical to the Lottery's future ability to produce revenue that we're allowed to engage clearly changing technology and, to me, what is a very strong change in the commerce pattern that consum ...
May 25, 2016, 12:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery launches online ticket sales
Without any fanfare, the Kentucky Lottery Monday began selling tickets online to try and attract more young adults.
The initial offerings are limited to several lottery games, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Kentucky Cash Ball, and five instant games.
Kentucky is the fourth state to sell lottery tickets on the Internet, joining Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan. Minnesota tried it for a while before the state's legislature decided to ban the practice.
The Kentucky Lottery has worked w ...
Apr 19, 2016, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Chinese media reports plans to restart online lottery sales
Chinese media is reporting that the government plans to restart its online lottery operations after ordering their suspension over a year ago.
This weekend, the Economic Observer quoted an anonymous industry insider saying that Beijing authorities were preparing to authorize a trial of a new online lottery regime, but only after the government crafts the necessary regulations. The source offered no timeline for when these new regulations might be ready.
Beijing ordered a 'temporary' suspen ...
Apr 17, 2016, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery teams with PayPal for online payments
The Michigan Lottery is teaming with PayPal to offer players a new way to fund their online accounts.
Starting Monday, the lottery says players may use PayPal to fund accounts to play online games. To make a deposit into their lottery account, players must have a balance in their PayPal account or the account must be linked to a financial institution account.
Players also may withdraw winnings and direct them to their accounts with the payments system company.
Lottery players can win up ...
Apr 15, 2016, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery bills fail
Would have added online sales, removed ticket expiration
Connecticut Lottery players won't get to enjoy buying tickets online or without expiration dates anytime soon.
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee declined to vote on the proposals by its deadline Tuesday, after hearing opposition from lottery officials, convenience store owners and gambling addiction experts.
There just wasn't support for these going forward, said state Sen. Timothy Larson, D-East Hartford, co ...
Mar 19, 2016, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to stop online, mobile app sales of single tickets
Legislation to save online sales fails
In less than two weeks, Illinois Lottery players hoping to strike it rich with single tickets purchased online or via the lottery's mobile app will be out of luck.
The Illinois Lottery Internet Pilot Program allows single tickets for the state's Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto games to be purchased online or via its mobile app. The test run ends March 25, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.
Bills that would have allowed the progr ...
Mar 9, 2016, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum