Massachusetts state officials are warning of possible revenue losses as a result of New Hampshire’s approval of online lottery sales.
The South Coast Today reported that Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney are prodding the legislature to pass a bill that will allow the state lottery to sell products online and introduce Keno.
Goldberg described the Massachusetts Lottery as “sitting here like dead ducks” as the state watches its neighbor launch its Keno game in the first quarter of 2018.
“I think the thing they have to really look at is what drove the profit last year. Keno, for the last two years, we’ve beefed up sales and it has helped carry the ball,” Goldberg told the Lottery Commission on Tuesday, referring to the revenues that the lottery brought to Massachusetts’ coffer.