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updated: 8/29/2012 10:24 AM

Illinois to sell Powerball lottery tickets online

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is going to sell Powerball lottery tickets on the Internet, and at least one lawmaker predicts a big payday.

Sen. Jeff Schoenberg says online sales could produce an additional $25 million a year for state government. The Evanston Democrat says the money will pay for public works projects and create jobs around the state.

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Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online when it started offering Lotto and Mega Millions tickets in March. A new law adds Powerball to that mix.

The law also requires the state lottery to come up with a way of limiting online purchases by problem gamblers, and the state has to study how it affects convenience stores and other places that physically sell lottery tickets.

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