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New Jersey is Back to Trying for Online Gambling

20 June 2011 by admin

Earlier this year New Jersey’s bill for online gambling and online poker failed to make it off the desk of Governor Chris Christie. While the bill made it all the way through both the Assembly and the State Senate, Christie said no. But it was not a dead in the water kind of no, it was a conditional veto. This means that legislatures can go back and work on the portions of the bill that Christie was not in favor of before sending it back through the Assembly and State Senate. But for the time being online poker is not on its way to New Jersey.

Instead New Jersey is trying a new route into the realm of online gambling: online lottery.

Okay, so it does not mean spinning reels, holding cards or doubling down, but it is a baby step in the direction of regulated online gambling sites on a wider basis. It may be that online lottery sales are a necessary step to show residents that it is possible to gamble online while restricting underage and problem gambling.

Several states in the US are looking into online lottery sales as a means to tap into some more revenue while opening the door to wider online gambling a little bit more. After all, state lotteries are not a new thing. Residents of states that offer lotteries have been playing for decades. Adding the ability to buy tickets electronically via a website or smartphone would only be a small expansion compared to adding online poker.

The idea for this bill came from Assemblywoman Annette Quijano. Last year she missed playing in the state’s lottery one week because she could not make it to her local outlet for lottery tickets. “I said, ‘Well, why can’t I purchase it on my own computer or my own smartphone?’” Quijano said in regards to where the idea of the bill came from.

Already the bill has passed the Assembly’s gaming committee and is awaiting its vote in the full Assembly. But already there some voicing opposition. “Online lottery sales will retard the sales of all items. We make a nickel on the lottery ticket but a dollar on the cup of coffee,” said Sal Risalvato. Risalvato is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience, Automotive Association, and he is commenting on the other items customers buy when purchasing lottery tickets. There is fear that allowing online lottery sales will result in a drop in revenue from the loss of those other items being purchased. Quijano’s bill has since been revised so that lottery retailers will receive 5% of online lottery sales. This is an effort to smooth out the worry of the retailers.

As more about this new bill in New Jersey and news on the state’s move to offer online lottery sales develops, we here at will keep our readers posted.

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