Overall, the United States lottery has been quite successful in the states that have allowed the game of chance. As society is constantly changing, lotteries must also do so to remain fresh and entertaining while still providing the chance to win. State lotteries have many new ideas for the direction they would like to head.
Video Lottery Terminals
One idea they plan to implement is through video lottery terminals available around the U.S. as well as betting at home via phone or through the cable box. Utilizing technology will help them market to the younger generation and improve the convenience for playing the lottery.
Another direction they have considered is sports betting which is the most popular form of wagering, although most of it is illegal. Four states have integrated sports betting into their lotteries will success. However, Congress has since outlawed this on behalf of professional athletic organizations who were concerned that state-run sports betting could result in players worrying more about the bet than the game.
Many state lotteries have opted to use the Quickdraw Keno format which has been successful. Monitors are placed in bars and restaurants with drawings every five minutes. In the future, more of these will be implemented into public places. California made the most of any state on Quickdraw Keno. However, this was ruled by the state Supreme Court to be a game of banking and is thus illegal.
The Coeur D’Alene Indian Tribe of Idaho has proposed the implementation of a national lottery which would be available in all states. This would allow customers to use their credit card over the phone to purchase a ticket. The player could purchase on credit and not have to leave their home. This version of the lottery would not have to earmark money which could prove too advantageous.
Selling to Private Investors
Many states are proposing the sale of a portion of their state lottery to private investors to quickly raise funds for the respective states. This would not have a significant impact on the regular lottery since only 6% would be sold.
Many exciting and innovative ideas have been proposed that utilize technology and the law to advance the progress of the United States lottery. Combining these proposals with making money for the state is a win-win combination for all parties involved and will hopefully be passed by the proper legislative parties.