Jones: You will be able to lose your home from your home

Jones: You will be able to lose your home from your home

LANSING —The Michigan Lottery hopes to begin selling lottery tickets online this year, said state Sen. Rick Jones.

“I recently was contacted by Michigan Lottery officials, who made me aware that they plan to expand Keno and lottery ticket sales to the internet,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I was also told that more young people will play, because they like playing games on their phones.”

Finland and England and the state of Illinois already have systems in place to allow those who wish to gamble online.

I oppose this expansion for the following reasons: 

  • It will be easier to become addicted from home. 
  • Personal debt will skyrocket through increased credit card sales
  • The state should be encouraging young people to invest in their education or save for a home ­– not to gamble on their phone.
  • By putting this online, it will further deprive Michigan small business of sales and store traffic.  Currently, if adults want to play Keno or the Lottery they go to a convenience store, gas station or restaurant that sells tickets. Typically when someone goes to a store they also buy other products.

“Gambling addiction is a serious problem, and allowing people to gamble online or from their cell phone can potentially ruin lives,” Jones said. “We could have cases where people gamble away their home from their couch.”