Internet Lottery Sales Considered in Maine


Bill LD1880 scheduled for public hearing

Maine seems to be another part of the US inspired by the DOJ's recent change of heart - there, a bill legalizing the sale of state lottery tickets online, which strives at boosting revenues and discouraging in-state buyers from purchasing tickets from other states, may soon be adopted.

Namely, LD 1880, which is scheduled for a public hearing next Monday before the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, envisages internet ticket sales no sooner than September next year. In addition, the state's director of alcoholic beverages and lottery operations is in charge of preparing a proposal on how to set up a system in the period between the bill's approval and September 2013.

One of the two House representatives who accompanies a Maine senator at an i-gaming conference in Las Vegas earlier this year, Sen. Debra Plowman, has subsequently sponsored LD 1880, which she expects will pass this session.

Yet, the expansion of gambling in Maine is a sensitive topic, with previous land casino licenses having been handled conservatively through state-wide votes.

Still, optimism has been hinted by Rep. Michael Carey, the lead Democrat on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, who told local media that LD 1880 is a precursor to more comprehensive Internet-related legislation down the road: 'This is an area of the law and an industry that is changing rapidly. We want to make sure Maine is not left behind,' he added.

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