U.S. Lotteries Left Behind As Coronavirus Accelerates Online Shift

  • Louisiana Lottery director warns states to legalize online sales or "risk extinction"
  • Coronavirus exposes crucial lottery issue of only having one product distribution channel
  • Maryland Lottery director believes acceptance of mobile sports wagering will lead to iLottery sales

The lottery model of selling scratch-off tickets at local retailers has generated billions of dollars for state coffers for more than a half-century, but lottery officials believe the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated shifts toward online and cashless transactions.

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