Illinois to begin selling lottery tickets online Sunday

Mar 23, 2012

Reporting from WBEZ's Alex Keefe used in this report.

Lotto officials say Illinois is set to become the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets over the Internet. Online ticket sales launch Sunday morning.

Lotto officials are betting online ticket sales could haul in up to $118 million per year in new revenue. Lottery superintendent Michael Jones is hoping to lure hundreds of thousands of new players to a highly secure website.

“It'll capture your name, address, Social Security number, and credit card information, and you can buy up to $10 of Mega Millions tickets or Lotto tickets,” Jones said.

But some bricks-and-mortar retailers worry online ticket sales will bite into their bottom line.