Lottery chairman Hoosier ‘disappointed’ by General Assembly shutdown of online lottery

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The chairman of the Hoosier Lottery Commission said he fully respects but is “disappointed” that the legislature has blocked the lottery from offering online gaming this year.

The president made his first public comments on the matter during Wednesday’s committee meeting.

The Hoosier Lottery had every intention of offering online lottery games earlier this year. And they briefed legislative leaders on those plans.

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But after it was publicly discovered by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, other lawmakers expressed concern. And finally, the General Assembly passed a bill, HEA 1260to require legislative approval before the lottery can develop online.

Commission Chairman William Zielke said the lottery will work with lawmakers to pursue that approval.

“I don’t think we want to maintain the status quo here at the lottery,” Zielke said.

Zielke also noted that several other states have some form of iLottery, including all of Indiana’s surrounding states.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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