ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Illinois Lottery is ready to go where no state has gone before...online. Starting tomorrow morning, people will be able to buy Mega Millions and Lotto tickets from their computers. Lawmakers hope the digital jump will bring in more revenue to help the state budget deficit...but some lottery players have their doubts.
"I am concerned with protecting my personal information. I do a lot of things online and that's always a concern. I'd probably continue going to my gas station or grocery store to continue buying lotto tickets”, says Rockford resident David Fagen.
A recent Illinois survey showed as many as one million people support the idea of a lottery but don't play. With moving sales online, the lottery hopes easier access will attract those non-players to test the odds.
Rockford resident Allan Harring says, "I think that's a good idea, absolutely. That way you don't have to get in your car and drive, go to the gas station and get them. It's convenient when you're at home."
Illinois Lottery officials say the system will require buyers to verify their age and will also limit the number of tickets each person can buy. Despite the organization addressing those concerns, some people still worry the move may cause more harm.
"I don't think it's a good idea because it's eliminating the aspect of people going into the stores and the local businesses that sell lottery and depend on that foot traffic. When I go in for a lottery ticket, I'm also going in for milk, bread and eggs...everything else I need while I'm there”, says Winnebago resident Brandon Johnson
A big boom to mega million ticket sales is expected with the internet purchases. Illinois lottery research shows an estimated increase of 78 to 118 million dollars in revenue with online sales.