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Georgia could be the first state to try to sell lottery tickets on the Internet. The idea comes after warnings that the state's high performing lottery could see flat revenue growth by the end of the decade. Lawmakers are looking at ways to pump sales to avoid cutting popular scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs funded by lottery sales. "We're trying to target a market that may not be part of the lottery now--techies or professional people tied to computers all day," says Representative Terry Barnard, sponsor of a bill that would create a Web site called the Georgia Peach Account. It would allow people to play up to $5 a day using their debit or credit cards. Players would have to deposit money in their online account first, then let the computer draw off the account every day. Other states are eyeing placing slot machinelike games at race tracks. "Racinos" are now in eight states.
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Title Annotation:Stateline, lottery-selling
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:May 1, 2004
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