State lottery looking to sell tickets online

Online expansion could add up to a billion dollars in sales

BOSTON (WWLP) – For many Massachusetts residents it’s a weekly ritual. Pop in to your local convenience store and see if today’s your lucky day.

“The Mass Cash, Mega Millions, Win for Life, Power Ball, and once every pay period I buy a scratch ticket, one scratch ticket,” said Ginette Pririer of Agawam.

Now, the Massachusetts State Lottery is looking to expand to online sales. Legislation to allow that to happen was discussed this week. The New England Convenience Store Association were also in on that conversation and say they don’t support the change, arguing it would be damaging to business.

Goodies Convenience Store owners in Agawam explained to 22News why. They said that when people come into their stores to buy lottery tickets they often stop to get a newspaper, or pick up a cup of coffee and that those extra purchases are critical to keeping their business alive.

Mark Cornelius of the Goodies Convenience Store said, “It’s very critical, the traffic counts. You lose a lot of that you’re going to have a lot of lost revenue. Every little thing adds up in this business. It’s very tricky how the numbers work.”

However, the lottery says they expect the online expansion could add up to a billion dollars in sales which would translates into roughly 200 million dollars in revenue going directly to local cities and towns.

The Mass. State Lottery reported 983.5 million dollars is profit for the 2015 fiscal year.

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