February 22, 2017

Editorial: Online lottery push a step in the wrong direction

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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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