Introduced in January by Massachusetts State Senator, Michael Rush, a bill that would allow the Massachusetts Lottery Commission to sell lottery tickets online that could be paid for by credit cards. If the proposed bill goes through, it is projected that revenues for the state could increase by up to $1 billion annually.
Senator Barney Frank is the biggest advocate for federal online poker legislation, and has given his blessing to the Massachusetts Lottery Commission in its quest to be able to sell lottery tickets online. Frank has expressed his frustration over the fact that online gambling is illegal, when so many other things are legal like same sex marriages, and
As with any new bill, there are also those who are not a big fan of the proposed bill. Specifically, retail merchants. Understandably, one can see why retail merchants would not be a big fan of the proposed bill at all. It would mean that lottery ticket sales over the counter will reduce since people can just buy their tickets online. That does not seem like a big deal, but then think about how much less foot traffic there would be in stores, that’s where the problem lies.
It looks like online gambling is going to explode in the next few years, so retail merchants are going to have to figure out a new way to attract more customers.