Michigan to launch online lottery games late next year
Michigan will sell lottery tickets and offer games online in a year's time after two companies were chosen Monday to run an iLottery billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the lottery relevant.
The decision came five months after lottery officials indefinitely halted their plans because lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Snyder's funding request to launch the online lottery. Legislators, however, did not prohibit the Lottery Bureau from spending existing money in its budget to offer I ...
Nov 26, 2013, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Minn. Lottery's e-tickets unnerve some lawmakers
State lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday with the Minnesota Lottery's gradual push into Internet and other electronic ticket sales, saying they were worried about how far the virtual gambling could go.
Lottery officials testified Wednesday before the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee about the broadening sales platforms. Director Ed Van Petten says customers will soon be able to purchase popular scratch-off tickets via the Internet. The Lottery also plans to expand sales of ...
Oct 30, 2013, 6:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Fla. senator proposes online Florida Lottery sales, again
Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, wants to make Florida Lottery tickets just a click or two away.
Margolis has reintroduced a proposal (SB 98) for the 2014 session that would allow the Florida Lottery to create a program so anyone 18 or older could purchase lottery tickets online.
The Florida Lottery doesn't offer tickets by mail, fax, or via the Internet, requiring tickets to be purchased from among 13,000 authorized retailers.
The proposal comes as a legislative study is underway on the fu ...
Aug 21, 2013, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery puts Internet ticket sales on hold
The Michigan Lottery is indefinitely halting plans to sell tickets and offer games on the Internet after skeptical lawmakers blocked funding to launch an online lottery in early 2014.
Plans for an iLottery system have been suspended so that the Lottery may further evaluate the program, lottery spokeswoman Andi Brancato told The Associated Press Tuesday, declining further comment.
Gov. Rick Snyder asked for nearly $3.4 million in the next state budget to implement the iLottery as a way to ...
Jun 26, 2013, 6:33 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio legislators move to ban Internet lottery sales
While country moves forward, Ohio may move backwards
The Ohio Lottery has not joined the move to sell tickets directly to players on the Internet, and a provision in a state budget bill would make sure it doesn't.
The bill, which has passed the House and gone to the Senate, would prohibit Ohio from following the lead of states that already let players buy tickets via their computers and handheld devices.
Online sales could help lotteries attract younger customers and compete with more g ...
May 24, 2013, 9:35 am - Lottery News forum
Online lottery plans criticized by some West Michigan lawmakers
Lounging on the couch at home playing Keno and buying lottery tickets on your iPhone or computer doesn't sit well with some West Michigan lawmakers.
I know seniors right now whose Social Security doesn't last a month because they're buying lottery tickets at the local store. If they can do it from home, their checks will be gone in less than two weeks, said State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
A new game system called iLottery would begin offering online sales of single tickets and insta ...
Apr 17, 2013, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery pushes for online expansion
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 futur ...
Mar 25, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery gears up for online sales in spring
The Michigan Lottery plans to begin selling online subscriptions for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball starting this spring.
The state says the move will bring in more revenue for schools and improve the lottery experience, but some businesses are concerned it will hurt in-store ticket sales.
Daily 3, Daily 4 and Club Keno would not be part of the initial program, which allows customers to sign up for multiple ticket purchases over a period of time.
A new system called iLottery ...
Feb 28, 2013, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. bill would allow for online lottery sales
Massachusetts Lottery players would be able to purchase tickets and play lottery games online under a bill being filed on Beacon Hill.
The bill would authorize the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission to create internet gambling games, including establishing the price of tickets, the number and size of prizes, the manner of selecting winners and the frequency of drawings.
The bill would also require the commission come up with a way to block sales of online tickets or other lottery games ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Is the future of the Mass. Lottery online?
Includes audio report
Massachusetts has the highest per capita spending on the lottery, and the Massachusetts State Lottery raked in almost $1 billion in net profit last year.
And yet, some state officials say there's an imminent threat to the Massachusetts lottery internet gambling. State Treasurer Steve Grossman wants to beat both the federal government and private gambling companies to the punch. He plans to ask the Legislature to change state law so that the Massachusetts lottery can g ...
Jan 10, 2013, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum