Green opposes expanding lottery sales online

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement in response to recent testimony by state lottery officials in the House Regulatory Reform Committee on the possibility of online lottery ticket sales:

“Expanding lottery ticket sales to the Internet creates a slippery slope that I firmly oppose.

“Making it easier for folks to lose money to the lottery online when so many families are struggling is a bad idea. There’s also the potential that local businesses, which create the majority of jobs, will lose sales. That would be bad for our economy.

“Online lottery sales would benefit government coffers at the expense of Main Street, and runs contrary to what we’re trying to do in Michigan: making it easier to do business here and getting government out of the way.

“I am prepared to introduce legislation to prohibit online lottery sales and I encourage my colleagues to join me in opposition.”