Georgia Lottery to Go Online

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Georgia Lottery to Go Online


ATLANTA -- Georgia will be the second state to offer lottery tickets for sale online, reports the Associated Press.

Lottery officials approved an online ticket system yesterday. Internet sales will initially be limited to Powerball, Mega Millions and Fantasy 5 tickets. It also approved the "iHOPE" debit card for lottery and retail transactions.

Online sales are expected to begin this fall, with revenue to benefit Georgia's lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs. Controls will be put in place to ensure customers are age 18 or older and buying tickets within state lines.

Although Gov. Nathan Deal has opposed the expansion of gambling in Georgia, he told the Atlanta journal-Constitution that he does not object to online lottery ticket sales.

Illinois became the first state to offer online lottery ticket sales in March. Since then, some states have begun exploring the internet sales, although others have come out against offering them.