Coming soon, you may be able to obtain Florida Lottery tickets with the click of your mouse.
According to the Tampa Bay Times on July 30, the Florida Lottery Commission has asked companies to bid on a $300 million contract to sell lottery tickets online or at ATMs and gas pumps. The proposal does have a staunch opponent in Gov. Rick Scott (R), who last year wrote to Congress to assure lottery officials that lottery tickets cannot be sold online.
But where Scott sees a concern, the Florida Lottery sees increased revenue. But it may be some time before gamers can click on a link or purchase their tickets while pumping their gas. Connie Barnes, the spokeswoman for the Lottery, said that there are “no plans at this time” to expand online.
This is not the first time the Lottery has attempted to push forward with online ticket sells. Similar proposals throughout the years has died a quiet death in the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature, and with Tallahassee in a quagmire about how to move forward with other forms of gambling in the state, expanding the Lottery online may meet the same fate as the other proposals.
As expected, the Lottery’s proposed expansion is all about boosting revenue. Sales from draw games are flat, but scratch-off sells have soared, and making the tickets easier to obtain may keep those sales on the upward swing.
But will the legislature go for it this time around? Lottery officials hope they would.