Indiana’s top lawmakers agree with online lottery tickets


Indiana’s top lawmakers have no problem with the Hoosier Lottery work to provide online lottery Games.

At the Lottery staff meeting with Speaker of the House Todd Huston and Senate Pro Mandate Rodric Bray, both lawmakers agree to remove the legislature from the decision-making process.

Indiana Online Lottery Legislative Position

Talk to The Journal GazetteHuston said his priority is supporting local retailers.

“I want to make sure whatever is done supports local retailers, the money stays in local communities. I’ve made it extremely clear that I expect local retailers to support it, and you need to make sure they’re, you know, amazing participants in these types of discussions.

A law of 1989 give the Indiana Lottery Commission power to govern the lottery, including:

  • The method to use to sell tickets
  • Any other matter necessary or desirable for the efficient or economical operation of the lottery or for the convenience of the public

Because of this, Huston and Bray believe that the Indiana Lottery already has the legal authority to proceed.

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Brick and Mortar Opposition

Matt Bellpresident and CEO of the Casino Association of Indiana, said allowing online lottery tickets should be a legislative decision.

Bell had this to say:

“We believe this is a legislative policy discussion. There are always gaming policy implications. And for almost 40 years, it was the legislature that decided these issues. I think the [online] space is a big part of the future for casino games and the lottery, but we think that’s a legislative decision.

The executive director of the Indiana Food and Fuel Association, Scottish Imus, also expressed his disappointment. Imus said the move could impact retail establishments that sell about 90% of all lottery tickets in Indiana.

“We are obviously concerned about the impact this will have on brick and mortar.”

And after?

Meanwhile, there is a new language in SB 417. Specifically, the bill requires legislative approval before lottery tickets can be made available online.

At this time, it is not known whether the lottery commission will proceed with online ticket sales.


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