Lottery tickets will soon be sold online in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a hot ticket - Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is now $320 million. Soon you'll be able to pick your Powerball numbers without going to the store.

They're pretty easy to pick up, and growing in popularity. Lottery tickets brought in close to $25 million more in sales this year than last. The state's lottery board members are hoping a newly approved way to play online brings in even more money.

"I'm kinda young and don't totally understand the lottery, so I don't want to look like an idiot up here at the register with people behind me, and if it's online it gives me a chance to do a little bit of research maybe understand more of what I'm buying," explained Shell station customer John McNulty, "I can do it online, maybe I can make it a little easier at least for me to understand."

Players seem to have mixed feelings on whether they'd actually play online.

"I'll probably still come into the store though, to be honest," said Ronald Powell Jr.

Lottery player Quiana Romano agreed. "I won't rush and say I will go online and buy a ticket. And it is convenient at the store because you're here getting gas and you're shopping."

There is no timeline set on when online play will begin.

The lottery board also took steps Friday to make Keno a new lottery game in the state, a Bingo-like gambling game already offered in 13 other states.

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