While essentially being a type of gambling, many regard lotto and scratchcards as the softest forms of “gambling” available. It is for this reason that they are not only legal but are a standard offering in every country in the world.
Currently the U.S. is in the process of changing their stance on the options of internet gambling as a result of a ruling by the Justice Department last year which in effect makes it possible for individual states to purse the legalization of online gambling.
While the situation is developing at a rapid pace, there are already states like Nevada and Delaware who have already started issuing online gaming licenses which will soon come into play. While lotteries are available in most U.S. States, the online version of lotteries is still under review. Until now Illinois was only one state where online lottery tickets were offered online as of March 2012.
This situation has now changed and according to the Associated Press, Georgia will become the second state to start offering online lottery tickets. According to the report Lottery officials approved the online ticket system on the 19th July 2012. Initially the online sales will be limited to Mega Millions, Fantasy 5 and Powerball tickets. Officials also approved the “iHOPE” debit card.
Revenues are set to go to Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship and other pre-kindergarten programs. The benefits of legalizing online scratch card and lotteries is clear to all. With every dollar hard to come by, tax revenues from scratchies and lotto are a politicians dream alternative to raising taxes.
Despite objections from Gov. Nathan Deal to other forms of gambling, he does not oppose legalizing online lottery ticket sales.
There will be strict controls put in place to ensure that all online players are over 18 and that they are purchasing tickets within the state lines.
It is no coincidence that lottery and scratchcards are first in line by many skeptical politicians in the race to be legalized as there is consensus that they are the least harmful and most profitable for both scratch card players and authorities alike.