Bill to Allow Online Lottery Sales Gets Push at Statehouse 

State House - 2BOSTON (AP) — A proposal that could allow online sales of lottery tickets in Massachusetts has taken a step forward on Beacon Hill.

Under current state law, lottery sales are limited to licensed retail outlets.

The Legislature’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee released a bill this week that would authorize the Lottery Commission to conduct games online and through mobile apps.

The measure would require an age verification system to ensure that no one under 18 plays the lottery, and buyers would have to be physically within Massachusetts when making online transactions.

Online sales are opposed by convenience store operators who fear they’ll lose business.

The bill must still clear the full House and Senate. It’s unclear if that might happen in the current legislative session ending July 31.

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