State Treasurer pushes for online and mobile lottery gaming

Offering Lottery games online will allow for collecting data that could prevent problem gambling

BOSTON (WWLP) – People rely more on their cell phones than ever before. 22News highlights a push to allow the state Lottery to sell their games through mobile apps.

Massachusetts Lottery sales have not been growing. State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who manages the state Lottery, wants to boost sales by allowing greater access to these games.

Treasurer Goldberg filed a bill this week to allow players to buy scratch tickets, Lottery tickets and other products on the Internet and through mobile apps. Goldberg said online gaming, like daily fantasy sports, is wildly popular.

She said her proposal would make the Lottery more competitive and accessible. Convenience store and gas station owners, who depend on the Lottery to bring customers into their stores, have opposed online Lottery games in the past.

Goldberg told 22News she wants to create a prepaid card system that would involve lottery outlets. “You would need to go into a store to purchase a type of card that you would then be able to use at home. This would also give us the opportunity to verify the ages of people purchasing.”

Goldberg said offering Lottery games online would allow the state to collect data, that could be used to prevent problem gambling.