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Mass. Treasurer: Internet lottery in near horizon

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012

The lottery is expected to collect net profits of about $927 million in the current year. The money is returned to cities and towns in the form of local aid.

In explaining his push for online lottery games, Grossman pointed to a U.S. Justice Department ruling last December that reversed its previous stance barring states from conducting online gambling.

The department's ruling goes far beyond tickets, however, opening the door to states offering virtually any form of gambling, except on sports. Grossman said the new ruling allows the Massachusetts Lottery to market online to in-state adults with credit cards.

Grossman said he didn't have an estimate about when the Lottery might start testing online games, although nothing can happen until state lawmakers pass legislation giving him the green light. The Legislature is set to come back into formal session in January for a new two-year term.

"We want to test it out and we want to test it out very, very carefully," Grossman said. "We want to gather more data."