Michigan lawmakers rejects idea for online lottery

$3.5 million proposal turned down by Republicans

(WXYZ) - The Michigan Lottery is scrapping the idea for a proposed online lottery system.

State lawmakers have blocked funding for the project after Governor Rick Snyder asked for nearly $3.5 million in the state's budget to implement the "I-Lottery".

The Republican-led legislature refused to go along with the idea, citing the possibility of an increase in gambling addiction and personal debt.

It also said the new online system could be a potential hit to stores that sell lottery tickets.

If the Michigan Lottery were to expand to the Internet, it could deposit nearly $8 million more to the state's education budget in the first year.

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