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Illinois Lottery Hits The Web

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CHICAGO (AP) – More than 600 people in Illinois bought their lottery tickets online, Sunday morning.

At 7 a.m. Sunday, Illinois became the first state to sell the games of chance on the Internet.

Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones says the first ticket was purchased at 7:03 a.m. By 10 a.m. sales were $3,630. Jones says online sales make the lottery more accessible and will bring in more money for the state struggling with budget problems.

Those who want to play have to register and verify their age and location.

Online sales got a federal OK in December when the Justice Department reversed itself on allowing Internet gambling. Other states are considering similar programs and are closely watching Illinois.

Critics worry that the online lottery will enable underage gambling and fuel addictions.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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