“Online Lotto Advocates Seek Senate Approval Amid Skepticism”,

The Massachusetts House has made a move to legalize online lottery sales, a move that has received support from Governor Maura Healey. The Senate may soon be pressured to make a decision on the matter, an issue which has caused previous bills to die. The House Ways and Means fiscal 2024 budget could launch an online “iLottery,” which Democrats believe can generate enough revenue to direct $200 million toward early education grants. The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health recommends investing in research into responsible gaming and the social and economic impact of an online Lottery, and to give iLottery revenue directly to cities and towns. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Governor Healey are in support of the move, which aims to keep up with sports betting apps and attract a new audience. Watchdogs are raising concerns about the impact on privately owned retailers.