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Ohio House wants to ban lottery sales on Internet

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio House members want to make sure the Ohio Lottery doesn't start selling tickets on the Internet.

A provision in the state budget proposed by the Ohio House would prohibit the lottery from following the lead of other states and selling tickets directly to players via computers and hand-held devices.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that online sales are seen as a way for the lottery to attract younger customers and compete with more glamorous casinos. Critics see it as an expansion of gambling and worry that minors could buy tickets using their parents' credit or debit cards.

Retailers who use the lottery as a draw and receive commissions also are concerned.

The House has passed the budget bill and it's gone to the Senate for consideration.

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