December 28, 2011

California to Explore Online Sales of Lottery Tickets

OFFICIALS AT the California State Lottery said they will explore selling tickets over the Internet after the Justice Department determined that such sales would not violate law.

"It does open up a major potential channel for lottery sales in California, but right now it's just a potential channel," Robert O'Neill, who was named last week to head the state lottery, said Tuesday.

State lottery officials will review the Justice Department's legal opinion, which allows states to sell lottery tickets over the Internet and possibly to offer poker and other types of online gambling. The opinion clarified that a 50-year old law, known as the Federal Wire Act, applies only to sports betting, not to other online gambling that states may permit.

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