January 15, 2013 6:40 am
Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they were opposed to Internet lottery in a national survey of registered, proven voters in the 43 states and the District of Columbia that have a lottery. The survey indicates American voters believe that Internet lottery will make it easier for underage children to gamble, drain their family's bank account and rack up credit card debt on their parents' cards, which made them less likely to support lawmakers who advocate for Internet lottery.
"American voters believe that allowing people to use their credit cards, direct electronic transfers from their bank account or debit/ATM cards to buy online lottery tickets is a bad idea. The research shows that while most people think the lottery is a good thing, allowing the purchase of tickets in this manner will make it too easy for people to gamble away money they need for necessities like food and medicine, and too easy for underage children to play the lottery," says Brian Dodge, senior vice president for communications and state affairs for RILA.
Poll results show:
-82 percent of respondents think there is enough access to lottery without expanding it to the Internet.
Voters worry that Internet lottery will make it easier for underage children to play the lottery; in fact 84 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to support Internet lottery and the lawmakers who advocate for it because of that fact.
-Voters also fear that Internet lottery will increase the number of compulsive gamblers, and 79 percent said they would be less likely to support Internet lottery and the lawmakers who advocate for it because of that fact.
-80 percent of respondents oppose allowing people to use their credit cards to play the lottery online.
70 percent doubt that requiring lottery players to provide their Social Security number and birth date when registering to play Internet lottery will successfully prevent underage children from accessing the lottery online.
The issue of Internet lottery is a relatively new topic for many Americans as selling tickets online to local residents was only made legally possible in December 2011. Illinois and Georgia started selling lottery tickets online last year and Delaware has recently authorized its state lottery to offer online gaming. Several state lottery commissions including those in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are considering expanding their lottery systems to allow people to use credit cards, direct electronic transfers from bank accounts or debit/ATM cards to buy Internet lottery tickets as they look for a solution to balance their budgets. But according to the survey, many believe that the social costs of using Internet lottery to balance the budget would far outweigh the benefits.
Source: Retail Industry Leaders Association
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