February 22, 2017

Editorial: Online lottery push a step in the wrong direction

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Tax revenue was streaming in earlier this month.

The commonwealth began selling lottery tickets in 1972.

In 45 years it has become an indispensable contributor to the state economy. In the last fiscal year, the Lottery generated $979,797,001 in direct local aid to cities and towns.

Since its inception, it has returned $24.7 billion in net profit to the state and $6.3 billion to its network of roughly 7,500 sales agents.

But the Lottery is on a downward slide.

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