Kasich stops effort to prohibit using credit cards for lottery tickets

Gov. John Kasich vetoed part of the state budget Friday night that would have prohibited the use of credit cards to buy lottery tickets in Ohio.

The legislation passed by lawmakers would have removed “a payment choice available to Ohio Lottery customers since the program’s inception in 1974,” Kasich said in his statement on budget vetoes.

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Kasich said eliminating the use of credit cards for lottery tickets would have cut “at least $10 million” over the two years of the budget cycle.

Last year Dennis Berg, executive director of the lottery, sent a letter to the state’s budget director to encourage sites selling lottery tickets to expand the use of debit and credit cards to attract a “younger demographic.”

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