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Hoosier Lottery officials don't say much about online games ban

Brandon Smith
IPB News
Hoosier Lottery officials aren’t saying much about the General Assembly blocking the lottery from offering online games.

Hoosier Lottery officials aren’t saying much about the General Assembly blocking the lottery from offering online games.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette uncovered the lottery’s exploration of online gaming in the middle of the 2022 legislative session. Lawmakers responded quickly, creating language that blocks such a move without legislative approval.

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At a lottery commission meeting the day after the governor signed that ban into law in HEA 1260, Executive director Sarah Taylor wouldn’t say much.

“We’re definitely going to evaluate everything that’s happened and prepare, through our annual process with the business plan, next steps,” Taylor said.

Taylor deflected any further questions to a statement from the lottery. It said its exploration of online games was driven by “changes in consumer behavior.” And the statement said the lottery will continue to “research innovations in the industry … with the tools available to us.”

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.