• Lottery could expand online sales

    by  • March 25, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Senate could soon decide to increase the number of ways you can play the lottery online

    A committee has passed a bill that would allow players to wager on any of the “draw-based” games – that is, in which the winning numbers are randomly selected, as in Pick-3 and Pick-4. right now, only Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball are draw-based games available online. The legislation would expand that opportunity to all seven, plus any draw-based games the lottery would add in the future.

    The Lottery’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Jen Acker, can’t estimate how much above the current $5.5 million the expansion would bring in but said the online sales are less than one-half of 1 percent of the Lottery’s total take.

    The measure comes as one person in New Jersey was found to have purchased the $338.3 million winning Powerball ticket. A lump sum payout would be $221 million. The New Jersey liquor store that sold the winning ticket will receive $10,000, a portion that would not be paid out if the ticket were purchased online.