Sen. Gwen Margolis reintroduces plan to sell lottery tickets online

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State Sen. Gwen Margolis of Miami wants to make buying lottery tickets easier — as simple as a few clicks of a mouse.

Margolis reintroduced introduced SB 98 for the 2014 session, which would allow online sales of lottery tickets to anyone 18 or older. Right now, Florida lottery tickets are only for sale at any one of 13,000 authorized retailers in the state.

The expansion of gambling has been a hot topic in Tallahassee, with many in the GOP-dominated legislature are reluctant to any further gaming in Florida. In the 2013 session, Margolis filed a similar proposal (SB 226); it never left the Gaming Committee.

Margolis views the bill as a huge boost for the state, offering increased revenues for academic scholarships. Retailers, who stand to lose millions in revenue, are opposed to the proposal.

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