RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on the North Carolina lottery commission considering an expansion of selling tickets online (all times local):
North Carolina lottery officials want to give the idea of offering online “scratch-off” tickets some more thought after hearing concerns from the state’s retailers and social conservatives.
The state lottery commission met Tuesday for its quarterly meeting, and digital instant games were on the agenda. But discussion was muted and panel chairman Courtney Crowder said afterward he didn’t know exactly when action would be taken next on the idea.
The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association says its members that sell traditional instant tickets are worried that more online games would reduce foot traffic in their stores.
The North Carolina Family Policy Coalition is opposed to the instant games, which executive director John Rustin says look like video sweepstakes games that legislators have passed laws banning.
North Carolina’s state-run lottery is considering whether it makes sense to offer online games of chance to generate more profits for education.
The state lottery commission meets Tuesday to hear more about digital instant games that players would buy on the lottery’s website, probably with a debit card or checking account. Players would reveal numbers or letters on their desktop or mobile phone to see if they’ve won.
Three other states already sell online games, which are considered a way to attract younger players and potentially $130 million in revenues over five years in North Carolina. Groups representing state retailers and Christian conservatives are worried about the idea.
North Carolina’s lottery already allows people to buy tickets online for jackpot drawings like Powerball, Mega Millions and the Carolina Cash 5.