Residents who want lottery tickets sent to their doorsteps could have them delivered under a bill moving in the Legislature.
The Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee approved a bill Monday that requires the Lottery Commission to authorize the courier delivery of tickets as a way of broadening the lottery’s customer base.
Under the bill, courier services would have to register with and get authorization from the state Lottery Commission before delivering tickets. They may charge a delivery fee but cannot collect a portion of a prize from a redeemed ticket.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli, the bill’s sponsor, said it could make it easier for players who are homebound to play the lottery.
“Many other goods — food, water, clothing and other items — are already delivered in order to make people’s lives easier,” Burzichelli said in a statement. “We have the means to add lottery tickets to that list.”