While Missourians can’t buy Powerball tickets online, our neighbors to the east can

ST. LOUIS – With Monday’s record $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot, more and more people in the St. Louis area are getting lottery tickets without leaving their homes. You can purchase them using the Illinois Lottery app on your phone, but you must be physically in Illinois to use them.

Missouri may not be far behind.

The familiar grind of the lottery printer now fades in the silence of the mobile Powerball and other Illinois lottery purchases.

“I’ve got it,” said Steve Reichert of Columbia, Illinois. “It looks like you can play any of the games, not just Powerball.”

“I would use the app because I wouldn’t want to die in the store if I won the money,” said Jim Nickels of Cahokia Heights.

Nickels recently relocated to Illinois from Missouri and bought Powerball tickets at Cahokia Liquor in Cahokia Heights.

According to a spokeswoman, the Illinois Lottery was the first state to allow online lottery sales 10 years ago, but more than 90% of sales are still made in stores.

As in Missouri, these stores receive a small percentage from the sale of winning tickets. This is what they miss when selling online. There are also players who just like having a lucky ticket in their hand.

“I want it in my hands. I want it in my hand so I know I have it; because when I win I go crazy when I don’t have it in my hands,” said Regena Gilmore of Cahokia Heights.

There is a Missouri lottery app. You can use it to look up winning numbers and scan your tickets to see if you’re a winner, but you can’t use it to buy tickets.

Wendy Baker of the Missouri Lottery told FOX 2 in an email, “While we don’t currently sell our products online, we continue to consider doing so.”

Several Missouri lawmakers said they were not aware of any recent proposals to allow online lottery sales.

St. Peters Republican State Assemblyman Phil Christofanelli told FOX 2 he would resubmit a bill legalizing sports gaming, but had no plans to include online lottery sales.

“Both states (it) should be legal,” Gilmore said.

“You must be in Illinois. Come to Illinois and enjoy God’s country,” Reichert said.

Strange to think that $1.9 billion winning ticket is on your phone and not in your pocket.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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