Proposed FL Bill Would Allow People to Buy Lottery Tickets Online
Florida Senator Gwen Margolis is proposing a bill that would allow anyone of legal age to buy lottery tickets online. Her proposal (SB 226) is expected to boost ticket sales in the state if approved.
At present, Florida lotto tickets can only be purchased from among 13,000 authorized retailers. Margolis believes that people will buy more tickets if these are conveniently available on the Internet. She hopes that high sales would translate into more funds for education aid.
“The more lottery tickets we sell, certainly the more money we have to spend in education because there is a mandate that it has to go to education,” she was quoted as saying by WTS 10 News. “We have given out tremendous amounts of scholarship money, and it has been worthwhile.” She added, “When the jackpots are large, it creates interest in the lottery outside our state.”
However, the new bill is opposed by retailers, who get five percent of the revenue from ticket sales at convenience outlets. If more people buy lotto tickets online than in retail stores, their business will suffer. “They are talking about working to help the small guy, but when they do something like this, it is going to hurt,” Tammy Gross, owner of five convenience stores, told WTS 10 News.
There are also other Florida residents who disapprove of the proposed bill because it encourages more spending. Vera Johnson, who occasionally tests her luck in the lottery, said, “I think it is a bad idea, simply because people would be able to go more in debt than they are now by putting it on their debit or their credit card.”
WTS 10 News also reported that the Illinois Retail Merchants Association is doing their own study to determine the effects of Internet lottery on state residents and taxpaying businesses. Illinois is currently the only state that sells lotto tickets over the web.
While the bill is still waiting for Senate approval, there are already many companies today, like Buy Lotto Tix, that assist players from around the world in conveniently purchasing lottery tickets. Their websites have a list of the largest and most popular lottery games in the US and UK, like Powerball, California Superlotto, Florida Lotto, and Thunderball. People who want to get tickets do not need to be physically present in the areas where the lottery is based. They just need to contact the company’s messengers who will purchase tickets on their behalf from an authorized and licensed retailer.
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