Lotteries Are Using the Pandemic to Expand Online, Raising Concerns

A clerk waits on a customer at a convenience store that sells lottery tickets in Methuen, Mass., June 24, 2020 (AP photo by Charles Krupa).
A clerk waits on a customer at a convenience store that sells lottery tickets in Methuen, Mass., June 24, 2020 (AP photo by Charles Krupa).

In late April, Luca Esposito was reflecting, like many of us, on how the coronavirus pandemic had upended his family’s life. Esposito wrote in a blog post that his elderly father in southern Italy had turned to WhatsApp to order groceries, because he could no longer visit the store in person; that his children’s school had struggled to adapt to the demands of online learning; and how remote working, once a privilege of senior managers, in his view could become the norm. As the executive director of the World Lottery Association, or WLA, a lobby group that represents national, state […]

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