Lotto tickets now available online [WGN-TV, Chicago]
(WGN-TV (Chicago) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) March 25--Across the state and the web, the pilot program to sell lotto and Mega Millions tickets online blasted off Sunday morning.
Illinois lottery superintendent Michael Jones says in just the first few hours, more than $6,000 dollars in sales were racked up, perhaps brought on by a $356 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday.
In order to buy online, you must register and prove that you're over 18 and are in Illinois, your computer's IP address is used for that. Winnings will go into your online account automatically and there's no physical ticket to keep track of, everything is digital.
But buying online does have its limits.
Only Mega Millions and lotto are being sold for now and you can only spend $10 dollars on any single drawing.
Still, Jones believes online sales will attract new, younger players who've never played before.
Lawmakers approved the online sales in 2009, in the hopes of bringing in more revenue for the state, going to both schools and transportation.
Jones believes that while online sales will be good for some, traditional lottery outlets will still be the choice for most.
"They are our most important partner and I truly believe that if the lottery can expand it's player base through the internet, that player base will play at the bricks and mortar," he says.
It's brave new world, as other states look to Illinois as the testing ground for a familiar game with a new sales pitch.
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