A Georgia politician has cleared the first step in pushing a new bill that would create the nation's first online lottery.
State Representative Ron Stephens says he wants to increase lottery revenues by any means necessary. The Savannah republican says his proposal comes at a time when people are just not playing the state sponsored "Game of Chance" as much as they have in the past.
Since 1993, Georgia’s lottery has generated more than $20 billion in ticket sales through its' 7,500 retailers across the state.
On average, lottery players are offered as many as 40-to-45 different instant game style choices.
But, to show how bad things have gotten, demands from the 11-year-old lottery funded Hope Scholarship Program are allegedly outpacing the money that's being generated by ticket sales.
Georgia’s Senate will soon have a say on the Stephens bill.