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Illinois Lotto Marks Two Years of Online Sales

Internet Lottery sales have raked in millions for the state and officials think that total will only keep rising.

FREEPORT- Powerball and Mega Millions are just some of the major games people can play at home online. Customers don't even have to put a shirt or shoes on for service anymore.

"I see a huge future for it. It’s something that every major consumer company has; an internet interface and the lottery has one as well," said Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones.

The Illinois Lotto is marking two years of selling tickets online. Illinois has raked in around $36 million since March of 2012.

Despite being able to buy tickets online many customers say that they'll still trek it to their local grocery store or convenient shop to buy a ticket.

Gus Bavona was shopping at Cub Foods in Freeport when he checked his latest lotto ticket and realized he was a winner. Bavona says he won't go online to buy because picking one up while grocery shopping is just easier.

"Oh yea, it's convenient," he explained.

Other lottery players want money and business to stay in their neighborhoods.

"I always buy them local, so if by the chance I do win it goes back to the local community," said Lottery Player Aaron Webster.

Moving forward the Illinois Lottery will continue their strict registration policy verifying age. All profits generated through online sales go toward building roads and bridges.

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