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The Future of Online Lottery Sales?

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MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

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Posted: September 3, 2012, 11:20 am - IP Logged

I don't miss standing in line in a store waiting for my turn to deliver the lottery slips.

It's so easy doing it online. No need to fill out your name on a slip and go to the lottery store to check your slip for prizes or to claim your winnings.

You get your winnings automatically.

I got a lottery program to fill out my slips automatically and deliver a file to the lottery company via internet.

    Artist77's avatar - batman14

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    Posted: September 3, 2012, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

    I don't miss standing in line in a store waiting for my turn to deliver the lottery slips.

    It's so easy doing it online. No need to fill out your name on a slip and go to the lottery store to check your slip for prizes or to claim your winnings.

    You get your winnings automatically.

    I got a lottery program to fill out my slips automatically and deliver a file to the lottery company via internet.

    So if someone bought their ticket online and won the jackpot, they would not have to show up in person to claim?

    J'aime La France.

      MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

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      Posted: September 3, 2012, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

      So if someone bought their ticket online and won the jackpot, they would not have to show up in person to claim?

      Yes, but the same goes for people delivering their play slips at lottery agents. Everyone is registered players and get their winnings automatically transfered to their own bank account if it's above a certain sum, else it stays on the account you administer on the lottery website.

      It is of course anonymous and the winnings are tax free.

        Lucky Loser's avatar - bucks
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        Posted: September 3, 2012, 8:25 pm - IP Logged

        I don't miss standing in line in a store waiting for my turn to deliver the lottery slips.

        It's so easy doing it online. No need to fill out your name on a slip and go to the lottery store to check your slip for prizes or to claim your winnings.

        You get your winnings automatically.

        I got a lottery program to fill out my slips automatically and deliver a file to the lottery company via internet.

        Yep. kinda the same thing but different here. I graduated from standing in line to try and get all my playslips entered...from multiple stores at that. The current method of playing lottery numbers is seriously ANTIQUATED with the advent of current technology. People should be able to comfortably play their numbers from home via an efficient method offered by the state lotteries. Hell, they make enough money to implement it! CONVENIENCE is now, and, forever will be the trend with everything including the lottery.

        Well, someone might say, "What about the mom & pop stores and their lottery sales?" Back in the day, when there was no lotto, those mom & pop stores did just fine. Lotto sales is a luxury...people don't just have to have it available in those stores. On the other hand, food, toiletries, and gas are essentials. The states need to get hip to what's really going on so players can really run their numbers with software from home.

        L.L.

          Lucky Loser's avatar - bucks
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          Posted: September 3, 2012, 8:53 pm - IP Logged

          Yep. kinda the same thing but different here. I graduated from standing in line to try and get all my playslips entered...from multiple stores at that. The current method of playing lottery numbers is seriously ANTIQUATED with the advent of current technology. People should be able to comfortably play their numbers from home via an efficient method offered by the state lotteries. Hell, they make enough money to implement it! CONVENIENCE is now, and, forever will be the trend with everything including the lottery.

          Well, someone might say, "What about the mom & pop stores and their lottery sales?" Back in the day, when there was no lotto, those mom & pop stores did just fine. Lotto sales is a luxury...people don't just have to have it available in those stores. On the other hand, food, toiletries, and gas are essentials. The states need to get hip to what's really going on so players can really run their numbers with software from home.

          L.L.

          While I'm at it, this should especially be applied for the "little" games such as Pick 3/4. They already have software available that instantly knows how many tickets have won boxed, straight, and the combination of both. The only thing I forsee as being reviewed is how to credit the players for their wins due to possible tax constraints. As it stands, anything over $599 must be claimed at the lottery office. Online wins over $599 can be simply be taxed the same way with the remainder credited to the winner in question.

          As far as I'm concerned, there's no real rhyme or reason to procrastinate on this deal. To me, it's the eqivalent of hand writing checks for every single thing...just like back in the day. Now, we have debit cards. All this same technology can be used to foster online lottery playing. Players can print out their tickets which contain numbers (order sequence) and proof of purchase. I personally believe that sales would increase on the simple premises of convenience and privacy. If I were a state player this day and time, I surely wouldn't want to walk out of a store with a $500 payoutShockedNo NodI Agree! which other people saw that I recieved! Naaahh, you can have that one.

           

          L.L.

           

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            Posted: September 3, 2012, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

            I e-mailed my state lotto to ask if we were going online, the answer was NO.

            Was told it's against the law, I told them about our neighbors Illinois and

            others that are joining, and how online gambling for lotteries is legal but I was told in

            the state of Wiscosin it's against the law.

             

            Maybe they will change their minds or I was talking to the wrong person, the way they

            answered I don't think they were even aware of the other states going online.

            You probably spoke with the wrong person because all the state lottery officials discussed the potential of online ticket sales. To my knowledge Wisconsin has no laws prohibiting Internet gambling although in their codes, they do site Federal law. There are states with laws (KY is one) that prohibits online gambling but it could be easily repealed if they or any other state with such a law decides to sell lottery tickets online. 

            In March, the Illinois legislation created and passed a law allowing their state lottery to sell Lotto and MM tickets online and recently added another law allowing the sale of PB tickets. Georgia will be selling tickets online in November and 8 - 12 other state lotteries began the process. It might be true Wisconsin hasn't started the process, but it's been discussed and if other states have success selling tickets online, they will too.

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              Posted: September 3, 2012, 11:00 pm - IP Logged

              While I'm at it, this should especially be applied for the "little" games such as Pick 3/4. They already have software available that instantly knows how many tickets have won boxed, straight, and the combination of both. The only thing I forsee as being reviewed is how to credit the players for their wins due to possible tax constraints. As it stands, anything over $599 must be claimed at the lottery office. Online wins over $599 can be simply be taxed the same way with the remainder credited to the winner in question.

              As far as I'm concerned, there's no real rhyme or reason to procrastinate on this deal. To me, it's the eqivalent of hand writing checks for every single thing...just like back in the day. Now, we have debit cards. All this same technology can be used to foster online lottery playing. Players can print out their tickets which contain numbers (order sequence) and proof of purchase. I personally believe that sales would increase on the simple premises of convenience and privacy. If I were a state player this day and time, I surely wouldn't want to walk out of a store with a $500 payoutShockedNo NodI Agree! which other people saw that I recieved! Naaahh, you can have that one.

               

              L.L.

               

              "As it stands, anything over $599 must be claimed at the lottery office. Online wins over $599 can be simply be taxed the same way with the remainder credited to the winner in question."

              The Kentucky pick-3 pays $600, so I asked a Cashing Agent if winners had to fill out a W-2G and pay taxes and was told "no" because the cost of the ticket was deducted making the winnings $599. I've never been lucky enough to sign for any online horse racing winners over the max, but the site requires a SS number and a W-2G will be sent to me if I do.

              Depending on how your state lottery currently cashes winning tickets of $5000 and under, it may take longer for the winnings to be deposited in your bank account by playing online. It usually takes 3 to 5 days when I withdraw funds from my horse racing account.

              I believe online ticket sales is a nice option and agree with all the reasons you and other have said and I doubt it will have much impact on stores because the majority of their ticket sales scratch-offs. It may have an impact on some stores with "gaming machines", hidden somewhere out of sight if and when the lotteries expand to other types of online gaming. It's really difficult to say before the 2006 law if any of the poker, bingo, and casino type online sites produced millions of pathological gamblers or if there is any real evidence online lottery sales will in the future.

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                Posted: September 7, 2012, 6:27 pm - IP Logged

                Repealing the Justice Departments decision on the Wire Act is probably DOA because state lotteries have begun online ticket sales. It was more of an issue to the Poker Player Alliance because a repeal would make it impossible to have U. S. based online poker sites.The PPA was also disappointed at the Democrat Party platform because it doesn't address online gambling.

                We have one party against online gambling and the other doesn't care.