Aug. 20, 2013 – For the second time, Sen. Gwen Margolis, D – Miami, wants Florida’s Senate to consider allowing the sale of Florida Lottery tickets online. Margolis argues that online sales would increase revenue.
Margolis’ proposal for the Senate’s next session comes in the midst of a comprehensive study of gambling in Florida, which is intended to “educate the state’s policymakers and other stakeholders so that they may make enlightened decisions regarding the future of gaming in their state.”
It is also her second attempt in making online gambling into law. According to CBS Miami, Senate Bill (SB) 266 last year – Margolis’ first try – never reached the Senate after retailers strongly opposed the competition to brick-and-mortar locations.
The biggest difference between the two bills Margolis’ introduced regarding online lottery sales deals with online retailers and subscriptions.
Her first attempt would allow for players 18 and older to buy lottery tickets online, but specified that they could do so “without using an online lottery retailer,” which would include websites that asked you to subscribe before buying tickets.
The new bill, SB 98, removes those provisions and simply proposes the Senate authorize online lottery sales, leaving the Florida Lottery in charge of creating rules and implementing an online sales program.