RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina lottery officials want to give the idea of offering online "scratch-off" tickets some more thought after hearing concerns from the state's retailers and social conservatives.
The state lottery commission met Tuesday for its quarterly meeting, and digital instant games were on the agenda. But discussion was muted and panel chairman Courtney Crowder said afterward he didn't know exactly when action would be taken next on the idea.
The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association says its members that sell traditional instant tickets are worried that more online games would reduce foot traffic in their stores.
The North Carolina Family Policy Coalition is opposed to the instant games, which executive director John Rustin says look like video sweepstakes games that legislators have passed laws banning.
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