Mass. Treasurer: Internet gambling on near horizon
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman is gearing up to ask state lawmakers for permission to create and test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games.
Grossman said Tuesday he plans to ask lawmakers to eliminate existing barriers that prevent the Massachusetts Lottery from selling tickets and other games online or accepting credit cards as a form of payment.
Grossman said he hopes to put familiar games like Mega Millions, Powerball and instant tickets for sale online.
But he said Lottery officials are also looking at the development of so-called "social gaming" like fantasy sports leagues.
Grossman said the Lottery needs to test different games to decide which might produce the most revenue.
Grossman said the state needs to move quickly because internet gaming is going to be a fact of life.