Treasurer supporting bill to allow online lottery ticket sales

Scratch ticket sales have not been growing

BOSTON (State House News Service) – People rely on their cell phones now, more than ever. It is for that reason that State Treasurer Deb Goldberg plans to file legislation next session to allow the Lottery to offer games online and through smartphone apps.

Goldberg said the Massachusetts Lottery is one of the most successful in the country, but scratch ticket sales are declining.

Goldberg told 22 News that it’s important to make the state Lottery more accessible to consumers as they compete with daily fantasy sports, a slots parlor, and future casinos. Her office plans to file legislation to allow the Lottery to offer their products online and through smartphones.

The proposal could be appealing to lawmakers at a time when tax collections are coming in below expectations, and leaders are reluctant to raise taxes.

“People operate on their cellphones, and so it behooves us not to be looking at that option if we want to continue maintaining the Lottery and growing the Lottery,” Goldberg said.

The proposal could hurt convenience store owners who rely on scratch tickets to attract customers.