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Is The Future Of The Mass. Lottery Online?

Screenshot of the Midday Nubmers Game Drawing for the Massachusetts State Lottery for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (MassStateLottery/YouTube)

Screenshot of the Midday Nubmers Game Drawing for the Massachusetts State Lottery for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (MassStateLottery/YouTube)

Massachusetts has the highest per capita spending on the lottery, and the Massachusetts State Lottery raked in almost $1 billion in net profit last year.

And yet, some state officials say there’s an “imminent threat” to the Massachusetts lottery — internet gambling. State Treasurer Steve Grossman wants to beat both the federal government and private gambling companies to the punch. He plans to ask the Legislature to change state law so that the Massachusetts lottery can go online.

That would mean you could buy those Mega Millions, Powerball and scratch tickets from your home or smartphone, with your credit card, at almost any time. Is this a lucrative new revenue source for the state? Or could it cause a dramatic increase in gambling addiction?

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