Ohio Lottery, casinos, online operators pitch igaming, ilottery to lawmakers

Ohio Lottery, casinos, online operators pitch igaming, ilottery to lawmakers

Article brief provided by cleveland.com
  • Jake Zuckerman, cleveland.com
March 21, 2024 8:48 PM
  • Jake Zuckerman, cleveland.com

What is the “future” of gaming in Ohio?

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It’s turning your phone into a full suite of gambling options, according to public testimony before a special legislative committee created to draft a report to state lawmakers documenting what this future entails.

Last month, a handful of casino app operators asked the lawmakers to legalize “iGaming” – or allowing Ohioans to gamble on blackjack, poker, and similar games via their phones. On Tuesday, the Ohio Lottery said it’s time the state allows residents to buy tickets for Mega Millions and similar games on their phones instead of just from physical retailers.

“Competition from other gaming activities remains a challenge,” said Ohio Lottery Director Michelle Gillcrist.