Massachusetts House Wants To Expand Lottery

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives broke for recess on Wednesday evening with more than 750 amendments to its $3.8 billion economic development bill still waiting to be voted on.

However, a provision that would expand access to the Massachusetts lottery had passed. 

There wasn’t much debate Wednesday on the biennial economic development bill (H 5007). The House voted on more than 50 consolidated amendments; this included allowing the Massachusetts Lottery to sell products online or via mobile technology. 

The consolidated amendment adopted by the House would remove language from existing law that prevents the Massachusetts Lottery from selling some of its products online.

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg supports the move. 

“We look forward to working with both the House and the Senate to ensure this language makes its way to the Governor’s desk. And our Lottery team is fully prepared to implement a safe and reliable iLottery product for Massachusetts residents,” the treasurer told State House News Service. 

The amendment, filed by state Representative Dan Cahill (D-Lynn), would tell the Massachusetts Lottery Commission to “establish rules and regulations for lotteries conducted online, over the internet, through the use of a mobile application.” This would include establishing a way to confirm that the person using the app is 18 years old, the minimum age to play the lottery in the Commonwealth.


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