State Treasurer Deb Goldberg has been waiting three years for lawmakers to approve online lottery sales.
It looks like that wait will continue, now that the language for that transition remains stuck in legislative limbo.
Goldberg has previously said that if legalized sports betting uses an online platform, so should the lottery.
It took several years for this to happen. Governor Charlie Baker just signed a bill that allows state residents to place in-person and online bets on professional and collegiate sports.
Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the legislature was ready to move forward to legalize sports betting and allow the lottery to migrate online.
The House version of the economic development bill includes language that would remove the ban that prevents the Massachusetts Lottery from selling most of its products online.
But blinded by the revelation that nearly $3 billion in tax relief could be required by law, and unsure how to proceed with separate tax relief measures, the House and Senate produced no draft final economic development law at the end of the formal session of the Legislative Assembly. on July 31, jeopardizing all content of branch packages, including online lottery authorization.
Although the lottery remains a remarkable success, citing increased competition for gambling dollars from casinos, daily fantasy sports and sports betting, Goldberg has researched this internet option for years.
“If members return this fall to finalize the economic development bill, I encourage them to allow the Lottery to offer products online,” Goldberg said Friday.
“We are poised to build a safe and reliable iLottery with the ability to generate significant incremental dollars for the state, perhaps even exceeding sports betting revenue.”
Besides authorizing bail, other provisions of the House and Senate economic development bills can still be passed in informal sessions.
However, a single legislator’s objection would derail any action.
For Goldberg, it is undoubtedly worth the bet.