The Hoosier Lottery has received pushback over its efforts to expand into the ilottery sector, following a legislative warning from Indiana lawmakers.
Since 2019, state lottery officials have been in talks over the possibility of implementing the same measures used in other states.
Indeed, it was believed that the lottery could possess the legal authority to press ahead with its igaming plans, without the requirement of legislative approval.
However, as reported by WFYI, state legislators have stepped in to announce an amendment to the law, adding new language over online gaming on Tuesday.
“The General Assembly would have control over and oversight over expansion of gaming,” said Dan Leonard, Indiana State Representative.
Therefore, unless sanctioned by lawmakers, the Hoosier Lottery will be unable to offer online scratch-off games, anything via a video terminal, or any online casino-style games.
One of the significant concerns has been the damaging impact online games could have on convenience stores and other retailers.
However, the lottery can still provide free promotional or interactive games online.
Furthermore, the door is not completely closed as some lawmakers have indicated that, in the next session, they are willing to discuss the idea of the lottery moving into online games.