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Published January 31, 2012, 10:41 AM

ND could explore Internet lotto sales

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's lottery will be exploring whether to use the Internet to sell tickets directly to players.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's lottery will be exploring whether to use the Internet to sell tickets directly to players.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN'-jum) says the Legislature would have to approve the change.

He says the idea will be looked at cautiously. Stenehjem says he doesn't want to annoy the lottery's existing retail network.

The U.S. Justice Department now says states may use the Internet to sell lottery tickets to their own residents. The agency has argued before that direct lottery ticket sales would violate federal law.

North Dakota Retail Association President Mike Rud (ROOD) says lottery ticket retailers aren't likely to support Internet sales.

He says if that happens, the state should just switch to selling tickets only on the Internet. Rud says stores will use lottery space for something else.

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