Published on August 23, 2013 in Industry News

Florida Senator Gwen Margolis has reintroduced a piece of legislation that, if approved, would allow for the online sale of lottery tickets to players in the Sunshine State. Just like traditional in-shop lottery ticket sales, all players would be required to be age 18 or older.

According to reports from multiple Florida news outlets, Sen. Margolis has offered up a revised version of Senate Bill 98 (SB 98). It is now slated for review and discussion in the 2014 Senate session.

This is the second bill of this nature that Margolis has offered up for review to her fellow senators. During the 2013 Senate session, Florida senators reviewed Senate Bill 226, which entailed a similar proposal. The 2013 bill was reviewed by the state's Gaming Committee, but it stalled and did not move beyond that point.

Currently, lottery tickets can only be purchased from retailers - about 13,000 across the State of Florida. Florida also has scratch cards vending machines, located in grocery stores and other large retailers.

Sen. Margolis supports this new piece of legislation because she argues that it will increase lottery revenues, which are used to support education scholarships.

Opponents claim that online lottery sales would drain thousands of dollars from the thousands of retailers who sell lottery tickets.