Massachusetts puts brakes on State online lotttery plan | e-comlaw

Massachusetts puts brakes on State online lotttery plan | e-comlaw

The Massachusetts Legislature has declined to authorise the State Lottery Commission (‘Commission’) to offer certain products online by the end of its formal legislative session, effectively ending the prospects for an online lottery for 2016. Created in 1971, the Massachusetts State Lottery (‘Lottery’) is one of the most successful state-run lotteries in the US with sales of $5,231 billion for the fiscal year ending 30 June 20161. This translates to approximately a $986.9 million profit for the State after player payouts that exceed 70% and agent fees2. By law, these profits are sent to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns as a form of State Aid.

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