Majority oppose Massachusetts lottery expanding to online games


CHILDREN. EM,
22NEWS.
BARRY:
MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS ARE
OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSED TO
EXPANDING THE MASSACHUSETTS
LOTTERY TO THE INTERNET.
22NEWS REPORTER ALESSANDRA
MARTINEZ FOUND OUT WHY PEOPLE
ACROSS
THE STATE ARE SAYING IT’S TOO
DANGEROUS.
ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ:
THE DANGER LIES IN WHO HAS
ACCESS TO THESE ONLINE GAMES, AS
WELL AS HOW THEY
COULD AFFECT SMALL BUSINESSES.
THE INTERNET PUTS THE WORLD AT
YOUR FINGERTIPS.
MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS
OVERWHELMINGLY AGREE, HOWEVER,
THAT THE STATE LOTTERY SHOULDN’T
BE ACCESSED THAT EASILY.
THE SAVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
COALITION FOUND 80% OF THOSE
POLLED ARE
AGAINST CREATING ONLINE LOTTERY
GAMES, SAYING TOO MUCH COULD GO
WRONG.
PROBLEMS THEY CITE: MINORS COULD
GAMBLE ILLEGALLY.
BANKING INFORMATION COULD GET
STOLEN.
GAMBLING ADDICTIONS COULD
WORSEN.
SHEREE BLOOMBERG:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE ANYWHERE
SO YOU COULD
BE DRINKING SOME NIGHT AND END
UP SPENDING WAY MORE MONEY THAN
YOU THINK.
90 PERCENT OPPOSE ALLOWING
PEOPLE TO PAY FOR ONLINE LOTTERY
GAMES WITH
CREDIT CARDS OR ELECTRONIC
TRANSFERS.
ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ:
BETWEEN TICKET SALES, THE
PLAINRIDGE CASINO,
AND CASINOS TO COME LIKE MGM
SPRINGFIELD, THE MAJORITY OF
RESPONDENTS SAY THE
MASSACHUSETTS
GAMBLING SYSTEM IS ALREADY
OVERSATURATED.
THE COALITION SAID ONLINE
GAMBLING COULD THREATEN MORE
THAN 7-
THOUSAND LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT
SERVE AS LOTTERY OUTLETS.
IF GAMBLING COULD BE DONE AT
HOME, FEWER PEOPLE WOULD BE
SUPPORTING THESE
STORES.
JOEL ROSEN:
I THINK IT MAKES IT TOO EASY FOR
PEOPLE TO
GAMBLE AND I THINK IT’LL CAUSE
MORE HAVOC IN THIS SOCIETY THAN
BENEFITS.
ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ:
THE RETAILERS ASSOCIATION OF
MASSACHUSETTS SAID OUR STATE HAS
THE
MOST SUCCESSFUL LOTTERY IN THE
COUNTRY. BUT SCRATCH-TICKET
SALES SHOWED A YEAR-OVER-YEAR
DECLINE IN DECEMBER. LIVE FROM
THE HC BUREAU IN NOHO, AM

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