Regarding the possibility of online lottery ticket sales, an Indianapolis Journal Gazette article quotes spokesman Al Larsen saying “We’ll explore it. We have been monitoring everything. When you get down to it, we have an obligation to maximize revenue for Hoosier taxpayers, so we have to look at all sales channels.”
Indiana’s neighboring state Illinois began selling lottery tickets online last week, and the trend is expected to spread to other states quickly as states look for ways to raise revenue. Larsen indicated that the lottery doesn’t need legislative approval to move forward, only authorization from the five-member lottery commission.
The lottery is in the news everywhere this week, with a world-record jackpot of more than half a billion dollars at stake in this Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. Mega Millions is available in 42 of the 50 states of the US.