State Teasurer’s office endorses bill allowing online lottery games


WWLP.COM TAMARA: A STATE PROPOSAL COULD ALLOW YOU TO PLAY LOTTERY GAMES ONLINE. 22NEWS STATE HOUSE REPORTER ELISHA MACHADO IS IN BOSTON, WITH HOW THE LEGISLATION WOULD IMPACT MASSACHUSETTS. ELISHA: SMART PHONES AND TABLETS ARE EVERYWHERE THESE DAYS, ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO EASILY MAKE PURCHASES ONLINE. IN ORDER TO RETAIN CUSTOMERS AND KEEP UP WITH TECHNOLOGY, THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY IS PUSHING TO LET YOU PLAY THEIR GAMES ONLINE. MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL SWEENEY SAID THE LOTTERY FACES THREE CHALLENGES: UPGRADING AND REPLACING EQUIPMENT, A CONSUMER SHIFT TO NON-CASH PAYMENTS AND MORE CONSUMERS MAKING ONLINE PURCHASES. IN ORDER TO KEEP UP WITH CONSUMER TRENDS, SWEENEY IS URGING LAWMAKERS TO EXPAND LOTTERY GAMES TO THE ONLINE MARKET. A BILL, SPONSORED BY THE STATE TREASURER’S OFFICE, WOULD ALLOW THE SALE OF LOTTERY GAMES ONLINE, OVER THE INTERNET OR THROUGH APPS ON YOUR CELL PHONE. MICHAEL SWEENEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY: “THE STATE CANNOT AFFORD TO IGNORE CONSUMER TRENDS. IT’S A NEEDED STEP TO PROTECT THE FINANCES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT.” BUT SOME MOM-AND-POP STORES FEAR THE PROPOSAL COULD HARM BUSINESSES BY LIMITING IN-STORE PURCHASES. ELISHA: THE COMMITTEE IS CURRENTLY REVIEWING PUBLIC TESTIMONY BEFORE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE STATE. AT THE STATE HOUSE IN BOSTON, ELISHA MACHADO FOR

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