LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Over the objections of some lawmakers, the state lottery could start selling tickets on the Internet by the end of next year.
The state lottery czar, who steadfastly refuses to be interviewed by the media, told lawmakers five months ago that the Internet was on hold after some objected to this expansion of gambling, but he warned then, "We will go online eventually."
The Snyder administration is selling this as a way to raise an additional $480 million for the schools over the next eight years. But GOP Senator Rick Jones says there is no guarantee that money will stay in the school aid fund.
"We'll have more people who lose their resources and end up on welfare," said Sen. Jones.
While current lottery agents are worried about losing sales. "My fear is they will stop coming into our stores, that they would buy tickets at home at the cozy desk in their fuzzy slippers in front of the computer," said Mark Griffin, a party store lobbyist.
The lottery spokesperson says, not to worry. "In other countries and states, the iLottery service has increased sales overall for all lottery products," said Jeff Holyfield.
Michigan would be the third state to sell tickets on computers joining Georgia and Illinois.
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