MASSACHUSETTS MAY SOON BE ALLOWED TO BUY LOTTERY TICKETS ONLINE

By Bob Katzen

A bill before the Senate Ways and Means Committee would allow the Lottery to sell tickets online.

Supporters say that allowing online sales would likely increase Lottery sales and reach a younger, tech-savvy market.

Opponents argue that online sales would hurt many small mom-and-pop stores that currently sell tickets and increase gambling among people who cannot afford it.

Currently, five states – Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania — sell lottery tickets online.

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