Online Lottery Gambling

No Online Lottery Gambling In New Hampshire After All

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The New Hampshire Lottery Commission was preparing to launch an online gambling site despite efforts by lawmakers to delay the Internet gambling. Now it appears that lawmakers will get their wish after all as the Commission has scrapped plans for the online site.

PlayNowNH was set to be launched by the Lottery in an attempt to give residents a convenient way to play games similar to scratch-off tickets. At first, it seemed like a strong way to increase revenue for the Lottery and the state. Upon further review, the potential battle outweighed the positives.

“It was my belief that the game would have produced modest revenue,” said Charles McIntyre, Executive Director of the Lottery Commission, as reported by The Associated Press. “In light of our other challenges at this time, it is clear that the resources needed to introduce and sustain a product like PlayNowNH would be a poor return on investment.”

The challenges that McIntyre was speaking of had to do with the state government. The Lottery was ordered to delay the launch of the site until a proposal was given to the state. In that proposal, the Lottery would have had to convince lawmakers about the merits of the games they would be offering.

Lawmakers had been upset with the Lottery Commission for not offering the website when legislators were attempting to reconcile budget shortcomings earlier this year. The lawmakers were also upset they were not asked for approval for PlayNowNH.

The games that would have been available to New Hampshire residents include speed bingo, super slots, baseball, and New Hampshire poker. None of the games would have been actually played, and the determination of winning and losing tickets would have been predetermined.

The games would be played similar to a scratch-off, where gamblers buy a ticket worth varying amounts. They could then play the game online, or simply find out from a lottery retailer whether or not the ticket was a winner.

Canadian Online Gambling

Newfoundland Not Looking To Join Canadian Online Gambling Party

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Canadian provinces have been lining up behind British Columbia to be the next area that enters the online gambling market. Newfoundland, according to Premiere Danny Williams, will not be part of that expansion.

British Columbia started what looks to be major Internet gambling expansion in North America when they launched PlayNow.com, an online casino that is being run by the B.C. Lottery Corp. The gaming site offers traditional games that can be found in land-based casinos.

While the idea looks good to many provinces as a way to generate revenue, Williams believes that Newfoundland already creates enough revenue through the sale of tobacco and alcohol. Other provinces estimate that millions of dollars in revenue could be generated each year.

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation has alerted the provinces where they operate gambling that upwards of $50 million annually could be generated by adding the online gambling. Williams, however, does not believe that enough lawmakers support the idea to bring the form of gaming to Newfoundland.

“Several of the other provinces that are looking into online gambling options have to find additional revenue to help balance their budgets,” said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. “Luckily, Newfoundland is not in that position, and it is likely that until they need extra revenue, their legislators will not expand gambling.”

The B.C. Lottery Corp. relaunched its PlayNow.com site this past week. The site had been shut down just hours after it was launched because of a security breach. Hundreds of residents who signed up to play had their information available to other players. The B.C. government blamed the breach on the software, and they corrected the problem before the re-launch this week.