Indiana lawmakers halt online lottery expansion

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The Hoosier Lottery won’t be adding online games any time soon.

Lawmakers have added new language to state law that stops expansion into iLottery without their permission.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette broke the news midway through the session that the lottery was deeply planning to add online games.

Many lawmakers were unhappy. And so they weighed, legislatively, in HB 1260as Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) explained.

“The General Assembly would have control and oversight over the expansion of games,” Leonard said.

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The measure does not prevent the lottery from offering a free promotional or interactive game online.

But they cannot offer online scratch games, anything via video terminal or online casino type games.

Some lawmakers have indicated they are open to discussing allowing the lottery to move to online gaming in the next session.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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