North Dakota And Other US States Moving Their Lottery Games Online
Following the momentous news of a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion last month that authorizes State lotteries to sell lottery tickets online, several states including North Dakota have started the process of moving their jackpot games onto the internet in the hope of attracting a global audience.
The move is very popular with lottery players and anyone looking to increase State revenue, but it has not been popular with the existing network of about 400 lottery ticket retail stores which sell lottery tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions and the other smaller multi-state games. "If this is what we want to do, let's do it full bore. Take away the machines, let's do it all online" said Mike Rud, president of the North Dakota Retail Association with an angry tone. "We kind of view it as an all-or-nothing proposition."
North Dakota governmental officials are trying to be careful to keep everyone happy. "I certainly want to be careful that we're not interfering with the good relationship we've developed with the retailers in North Dakota" said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said. "We want to make sure we're not cutting them out of the process."
However, following recent moves by States like New York and Illinois to go online, the increase in action is just too much for any State to overlook. Any jackpots that rise above the $100 million payout size bring in 300,000 to 500,000 additional players online according to market research and internet sales have not really hurt lottery ticket demand at traditional retailers according to Michael Jones, superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.
It looks like Lottery gamers will finally have some choices, whether to get a lucky ticket from a favored retail store or to take the more convenient approach by gaming online any time and choosing the best lottery offering with the help of reviews, live stats and more from quality lottery information sites like Lotto 365.