Green introduces bill to prohibit Internet lottery sales

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, introduced legislation today to prohibit the sale of lottery tickets via the Internet. Senate Bill 1003 comes in response to recent statements by state lottery officials about the possibility of allowing online sales.

“Selling lottery tickets over the Internet benefits the government’s wallet and little else,” said Green, R-Mayville. “It threatens local businesses and may potentially bring financial harm to Michigan residents. Online lottery sales runs counter to our goals of attracting new business, creating jobs and turning our state around.”

A December 2011 memorandum by the U.S. Justice Department lifted the previous prohibition of online lottery sales.