Illinois is First State to Start Online Lottery

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois becomes the first state selling lottery tickets online Sunday.

Lottery officials say online sales make the games of chance more available and will bring in more money for the state struggling with budget problems.

Other states are considering similar programs and will watch whether Illinois succeeds.

Online sales got a federal OK in December when the Justice Department reversed itself on allowing Internet gambling.

The agency still restricts wagering on sporting events.

Gambling critics worry that the online lottery will enable underage gambling and fuel addictions. Lottery officials say the system requires ticket-buyers to verify their age and limits the number of tickets each person can buy.>
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