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(20 ILCS 1605/7.12)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2025)
(a) The General Assembly finds that:
(1) the consumer market in Illinois has changed since
the creation of the Illinois State Lottery in 1974;
(2) the Internet has become an integral part of
everyday life for a significant number of Illinois residents not only in regards to their professional life, but also in regards to personal business and communication; and
(3) the current practices of selling lottery tickets
does not appeal to the new form of market participants who prefer to make purchases on the Internet at their own convenience.
It is the intent of the General Assembly to create an Internet program for the sale of lottery tickets to capture this new form of market participant.
(b) The Department shall create a program that allows an individual 18 years of age or older to purchase lottery tickets or shares on the Internet without using a Lottery retailer with on-line status, as those terms are defined by rule. The Department shall restrict the sale of lottery tickets on the Internet to transactions initiated and received or otherwise made exclusively within the State of Illinois. The Department shall adopt rules necessary for the administration of this program. These rules shall include, among other things, requirements for marketing of the Lottery to infrequent players, as well as limitations on the purchases that may be made through any one individual's lottery account. The provisions of this Act and the rules adopted under this Act shall apply to the sale of lottery tickets or shares under this program.
The Department is obligated to implement the program set forth in this Section and Sections 7.15 and 7.16. The Department may offer Lotto, Lucky Day Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball, Pick 3, Pick 4, and other draw games that are offered at retail locations through the Internet program. The private manager shall obtain the Director's approval before providing any draw games. Any draw game tickets that are approved for sale by lottery licensees are automatically approved for sale through the Internet program. The Department shall maintain responsible gaming controls in its policies.
The Department shall authorize the private manager to implement and administer the program pursuant to the management agreement entered into under Section 9.1 and in a manner consistent with the provisions of this Section. If a private manager has not been selected pursuant to Section 9.1 at the time the Department is obligated to implement the program, then the Department shall not proceed with the program until after the selection of the private manager, at which time the Department shall authorize the private manager to implement and administer the program pursuant to the management agreement entered into under Section 9.1 and in a manner consistent with the provisions of this Section.
Nothing in this Section shall be construed as prohibiting the Department from implementing and operating a website portal whereby individuals who are 18 years of age or older with an Illinois mailing address may apply to purchase lottery tickets via subscription. Nothing in this Section shall also be construed as prohibiting the Lottery draw game tickets authorized for sale through the Internet program under this Section from also continuing to be sold at retail locations by a lottery licensee pursuant to the Department's rules.
(d) This Section is repealed on July 1, 2025.
(Source: P.A. 101-35, eff. 6-28-19; 102-699, eff. 4-19-22.)