Online Lottery Tickets Might Be Coming To Florida

Published December 4, 2014 by Vlad G

Online Lottery Tickets Might Be Coming To Florida

The Florida Lottery may be going online for easier ticket purchases.

With a bill filed recently by the Florida State Senator Gwen Margolis, it is now very likely that the Sunshine State will become the eighth state in the nation to sell lottery tickets online. Right now, interested customers can only get their tickets by going to a land-based outlet and paying with cash.

However, a new alternative seems to be just around the corner and more people will have access to the Florida Lottery via the internet.

Increase in revenue

One of the major benefits brought up by Margolis in his statement is that an online lottery would increase the number of players and this would increase the revenue for the state. The lottery is already one of the biggest fundraisers in the state as it has raised $27 billion since its introduction in 1988.

Another alternative being considered is building a new resort casino in South Florida, with the Las Vegas Sands Corp. pushing for it in the gambling compact negotiations. However, the Senator believes that the added revenue from the lottery going online is a lot bigger than new revenue coming from another casino.

Details to be sorted out

The bill backed by Margolis does not include details about how exactly the Florida Lottery would become available on the internet. There are still several aspects that need to be covered and with only one page explaining how the change would work, there are some concerns regarding the bill actually passing.

The only mention is that the Lottery will have the needed authority to offer an online program and make tickets available for purchase on the internet to customers of the age of 18 and older.

Looking at some of the other states that have online lotteries, the payment methods can vary quite a bit, from the special prepaid card only usable for lotteries in Georgia to the credit cards accepted in New York.

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