Michigan’s plans for online lottery sales at a standstill
The Michigan Lottery had hoped to allow online sales for games such as Powerball this year, but some lawmakers are worried what the outcome could be.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had hoped to move Michigan lottery sales online to help add funding for schools. The plan would allow lottery players to subscribe for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball, as well as provide a platform for single ticket sales and scratch-offs,called iLottery.
The plan to move lottery sales online was supposed to be launched this year, but has been pushed back and likely won’t be possible until 2014.
Michigan Legislators are wary of moving lottery sales online. They are concerned that online ticket sales will spread gambling throughout the state. Attorney General Bill Schuette is one of those who disagree with the effort to put lottery sales online. Along with him are lottery vendors who believe that online ticket sales could harm their sales at their stores.
The Michigan Lottery is still working to get lottery ticket sales online. They are hoping to work with Legislators to make sure it is done in a way to appease everyone.