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Internet Gambling Bill Could Hurt Local Dealers

Internet GamblingSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The state legislature is considering a bill that would allow the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission to create internet gambling.

Lottery players would be able to buy tickets and play lottery games online.

The online gaming could hurt local dealers like Buckeye Brothers in Springfield who relies on people to come into their stores to buy tickets.

Owner of Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop, David Glantz told us, “They’re gonna have to go that route, but I hate to see it take away from the small retailer. The people I would usually get in keep them locked in, buy their tickets online, that takes away from the small retailer.”

The bill would also require the Commission to come up with a way to block sales of online tickets or other lottery games to individuals under 18 and require that the sale of online tickets be limited to purchasers within Massachusetts.


  • johnk00

    Only way I can see to prevent under 18 players, and keep it MA residents only, would be to have Pre-Paid Lottery Debit cards that would be purchased at an authorized lottery agent location.

    I still think it’s a bad idea though. Any funding from lottery sales earmarked for helping compulsive gamblers other than the 1-800 number?