Despite opposition from some state lawmakers, Michigan’s lottery is moving online. Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen announced the news during a celebration of the Michigan Lottery’s 40th anniversary.
The first four games are slated to be available in April 2013. Those are Classic Lotto 47, Fantasy 5, Powerball and Mega Millions. Additional lottery games will be rolled out over the coming year.
The continuing stream of news reports about data breaches was obviously on Bowen’s mind when he addressed the security concerns about online sales, saying “We are committed to ensuring that our operation is financially responsible, so that players do not have to worry about personal data being illegally accessed.”
More details of the lottery’s 40th anniversary can be seen in an article at the Michigan Live site.
Several other states including Illinois and Georgia are also adding Internet sales to their lottery products.