Mass. AG Coakley: Say no to online lottery push

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley is warning against expanding the Massachusetts Lottery online.

Coakley said allowing individuals to purchase lottery tickets over the Internet would require the use of credit cards.

She said using credit cards to purchase lottery tickets in stores has long been barred in Massachusetts out of fear that it would lure problem gamblers into crushing personal debt.

Coakley, a Democratic candidate for governor, also said there are difficulties in verifying the age of online gamblers.

One of Coakley’s Democratic rivals for governor, state Treasurer Steven Grossman, has pushed state lawmakers for permission to test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games in Massachusetts.

Grossman, whose office oversees the state lottery, has said that the threat of Internet gambling to existing state lotteries is imminent.

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