Hundreds buy lottery tickets online in Illinois -

Hundreds buy lottery tickets online in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Online lottery ticket sales in Illinois are booming.

Illinois became the first state to offer online sales Sunday. The first ticket was bought by 7:03 a.m. more than 1,600 had been purchased through the afternoon. That's more than $8,000 in sales.

Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones online sales make the lottery more accessible and will bring in more money for the state struggling with budget problems.

Those who want to play have to register and verify their age and location.

Online sales got a federal OK in December when the Justice Department reversed itself on allowing Internet gambling. Other states are considering similar programs and are closely watching Illinois.

Critics worry that the online lottery will enable underage gambling and fuel addictions.

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