Majority oppose Massachusetts lottery expanding to online games


CHILDREN. EM, 22NEWS. BARRY: MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS ARE OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSED TO EXPANDING THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY TO THE INTERNET. 22NEWS REPORTER ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ FOUND OUT WHY PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE ARE SAYING IT’S TOO DANGEROUS. ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ: THE DANGER LIES IN WHO HAS ACCESS TO THESE ONLINE GAMES, AS WELL AS HOW THEY COULD AFFECT SMALL BUSINESSES. THE INTERNET PUTS THE WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY AGREE, HOWEVER, THAT THE STATE LOTTERY SHOULDN’T BE ACCESSED THAT EASILY. THE SAVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD COALITION FOUND 80% OF THOSE POLLED ARE AGAINST CREATING ONLINE LOTTERY GAMES, SAYING TOO MUCH COULD GO WRONG. PROBLEMS THEY CITE: MINORS COULD GAMBLE ILLEGALLY. BANKING INFORMATION COULD GET STOLEN. GAMBLING ADDICTIONS COULD WORSEN. SHEREE BLOOMBERG: YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE ANYWHERE SO YOU COULD BE DRINKING SOME NIGHT AND END UP SPENDING WAY MORE MONEY THAN YOU THINK. 90 PERCENT OPPOSE ALLOWING PEOPLE TO PAY FOR ONLINE LOTTERY GAMES WITH CREDIT CARDS OR ELECTRONIC TRANSFERS. ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ: BETWEEN TICKET SALES, THE PLAINRIDGE CASINO, AND CASINOS TO COME LIKE MGM SPRINGFIELD, THE MAJORITY OF RESPONDENTS SAY THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING SYSTEM IS ALREADY OVERSATURATED. THE COALITION SAID ONLINE GAMBLING COULD THREATEN MORE THAN 7- THOUSAND LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT SERVE AS LOTTERY OUTLETS. IF GAMBLING COULD BE DONE AT HOME, FEWER PEOPLE WOULD BE SUPPORTING THESE STORES. JOEL ROSEN: I THINK IT MAKES IT TOO EASY FOR PEOPLE TO GAMBLE AND I THINK IT’LL CAUSE MORE HAVOC IN THIS SOCIETY THAN BENEFITS. ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ: THE RETAILERS ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS SAID OUR STATE HAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL LOTTERY IN THE COUNTRY. BUT SCRATCH-TICKET SALES SHOWED A YEAR-OVER-YEAR DECLINE IN DECEMBER. LIVE FROM THE HC BUREAU IN NOHO, AM

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