By Pat Warren

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Picking your numbers in cyberspace. Maryland explores the possibility of letting residents buy lottery tickets online.

Political reporter Pat Warren says it’s a moneymaking idea with a long way to go.

For some, playing the lottery is a ritual—and that includes where you buy the tickets.

“I came here to get a Multi-Match and to play some Keno and also to play the three and four-digit for tonight,” said Salice Hill.

But future video of the location where winners bought their tickets may just bring a camera crew to your front door. The General Assembly is looking at putting the lottery online.

“The legislature in the last legislative session asked us to evaluate what might happen or what the prospects were,” said Stephen Martino, Maryland’s lottery director.

That report is now in the hands of the General Assembly where, on the surface, it seems likely to gain support. About 50 percent of Marylanders reportedly play the lottery, which leaves the state a target group of 50 percent to appeal to.

“You can buy your groceries online. You can buy just about everything online. I know that in my house, just about every Christmas gift was purchased online. It’s an option the legislature thought should be given some consideration,” Martino said.

The General Assembly is now in a 45-day review period of the report before any other action is taken.

Some estimate selling lottery tickets online could eventually bring in $75 million for the state.

Comments (11)
  1. chris says:

    what are they going to do about the retailers that sale these tickets are you not going to be able to buy them at a gas station now. that is just going to kill the small business even more

  2. Smartperson says:

    Oh how narrow-minded you people are. The state can only go to that well so many times before it runs dry, like right now! The online sales will target the techie that does not outwardly believe in the lottery game, and looks at it only as a welfare toy. By allowing people to place their bets online the state opens up a new demographic segments wallet to playing, similar to online gambling. This is aimed at the pc, laptop, smartphone techie, who secretly desires to play but wouldn’t be caught in the liquor store or gas station buying a ticket. So don’t worry about your corner store going out of business, this will have no effect on them. Next dumb question, duh?

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