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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 09:06 | IP Logged Quote xysoom

Illinois begins selling lottery tickets online

just three minutes after Illinois officially became the
first state to sell lottery tickets online the first
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A few hours later, more than 600 people had bought
tickets, with sales topping $5,000. Lottery officials
said they expected the fast pace of sales to continue
through to Tuesday evening's Mega Millions drawing, where
the jackpot is an estimated $356 million.

Illinois Lottery officials, who have touted online sales
as a way to keep up with the times and also help a
financially struggling state, said moving games of chance
online just made sense.

"There are lots of people who buy most of their products
over the Internet," Illinois Lottery Superintendent
Michael Jones said Sunday.

Online sales were given federal approval in December when
the U.S. Department of Justice reversed its decision on
allowing Internet gambling. Other states are considering
similar programs and are closely watching to see if
Illinois succeeds.

Lotto and Mega Millions tickets were made available
Sunday. More games, including Powerball, may be added in
the future. Any addition would require legislative
approval.The move has received some scrutiny as critics
worry that online sales will enable underage gambling and
fuel gambling addictions.

Jones said that several measures have been put into place
to monitor age Users must register, provide a Social
Security number and address and check a box verifying
they are at least 18 years of age. Also, anyone who wins
more than $600 has to file a claim form.

"We will investigate each one of these clients," Jones

Jones dismissed the concern that online sales will worsen

"They're conflating forms of gambling. Lotteries are a
very, very different form of gambling because of their
nature," he said. "You risk a small amount of money
against very long odds. We don't offer the kind of action
that's usually associated with addictive behavior."

Jones said his biggest worry was ensuring that the
technology works.

Lottery officials have projected that online sales for
Mega Millions will bring in between $78 million and $118
million in new sales. Projections for Lotto weren't

The Illinois Lottery was founded in 1974. Lottery
officials say it's contributed more than $17 billion to
the state funds, including for schools and capital
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