MA Attorney General Solicits Senator Reid Over Online Gambling Bill

MA Attorney General Solicits Senator Reid Over Online Gambling Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada received an interesting letter this week. The writer is Attorney General-Elect Steve Grossman of Massachusetts. Grossman, who has not been a proponent of the proposed online gaming legislation being considered by Reid, made his position clear. 

Forbes.com reported that Grossman wrote to Reid expressing his concerns over the online gaming bill and its consequences. In his letter, he writes:   “The bill could jeopardize the $900 million worth of state aid the Lottery returns to cities and towns.” He uses the example that more than 85 percent of Lottery sales are for instant games and Keno, which are in direct competition with online gambling. Grossman uses this argument to try to convince Reid to begin a “serious conversation” about online gambling.

Keno and the Lottery comprise millions of dollars of sales across all states. However, the games and different forms they take do not directly compare with logging on to an online gaming site, putting money in to an account, and playing regularly. The weekly $1 lotto ticket and $20 scratcher tickets are often occasional purchases.

Reid had given no comments regarding the letter. While there are still a little over three weeks left in the month, it is still plenty of time for opinions soliciting attention to arrive from all over the country. Reid not only faces the pressure of planning an online gaming bill, but sifting through numerous appeals and protests over legalizing online gaming.

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