LANSING (WKZO) -- Earlier this year the legislature rejected a bill to allow the Michigan Lottery to sell tickets over the Internet.
This week Lottery officials announced they would fund the project themselves, and proceed without the legislature’s okay.
It won’t happen without a fight. Senator Rick Jones has already proposed legislation to stop it.
Convenience store owners are also opposing it, fearing they will lose business.
Addiction specialist Susan Conrad says having 24-hour a day access from home just makes it too easy for gambling addicts.
The Lottery Bureau says they plan to set limits on daily spending to keep addicts from ruining themselves.
They say its all about maximizing revenue for the schools. The plan is to have lottery tickets available online in late 2014.
Illinois and Georgia already have the “I-Lottery”.