Maryland Planning Online Lottery Sales

Could raise $2.5 million in revenue

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 11:44 AM EDT
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A new online lottery ticket system is coming to Maryland.

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Soon you won’t have to go to the gas station or convenience store to buy lottery tickets in Maryland.

The state lottery is planning to introduce an online ticket and gaming system by 2013. Officials say the different games and drawings that will included could increase the lottery’s revenue by $2.5 million.

Studies say that Maryland residents now bur fewer tickets than in other states.  In a survey, only 50 percent of residents said they bought a ticket in the past year, while in other mid-Atlantic states, 70 percent said they played at least once in the past 12 months.

Although it will make buying tickets easier for customers, lottery ticket retailers are complaining. Gas station and convenience store owners say the site could drive much needed business away from their stores.

The online system will cost about $500,000 to set up.

Maryland Lottery has been making a big push into the internet recently.  In January, it launched a new mobile site, where customers can check on winning numbers.

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