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Debit card proposal for Massachusetts Lottery

Proposition would see players in the eastern state permitted to use their debit card to purchase lottery tickets.

Thursday 29th December 2011

The regulator for the Massachusetts Lottery has revealed a plan that could soon see players permitted to use debit cards as well as cash to purchase tickets in the future. Steven Grossman, Treasurer and Receiver-General for Massachusetts, unveiled the new plan just before Christmas to the State Lottery Commission and stated that it could be implemented as soon as next week. “I think it could have a modest positive impact on sales,” said Grossman. “I think it’s a convenience issue for people. This is all about customer service. If you make your customer service absolutely as good as it can be it’s bound to have a positive impact on sales.” Grossman declared that 33 of the 43 state lotteries in the United States already permit the use of debit cards to purchase tickets while announcing that his proposal would forbid agents from accepting credit or welfare cards with those found to be violating this stipulation at risk of losing their license. The Massachusetts Lottery reportedly generated approximately four billion dollars in sales last year and sent about $900 million in aid but it is not popular with everyone and this latest proposal has drawn fire from anti-gambling activists concerned that it could raise the percentage of players in debt. “The Massachusetts Lottery is aggressively pushing people into deeper personal debt by allowing citizens to use debit cards,” said Les Bernal, Executive Director for Stop Predatory Gambling. “The Massachusetts Lottery symbolises more than any other how government’s predatory gambling programme has failed. What essentially is a government programme is actively encouraging people to lose money, quote-unquote, as conveniently as possible. Why isn’t the Massachusetts Treasury encouraging people to save money?”

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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