Critics: Lottery ticket delivery could be detrimental to gambling addicts

Critics of a new law approved recently by Gov. Chris Christie say it could have a negative consequence on the state's gambling addicts.

Christie on Monday signed legislation that would allow lottery tickets to be delivered by a private carrier.

The law's sponsor says that it was meant to broaden New Jersey's lottery base. But some are concerned that home delivery of lottery tickets could fuel a gambling addict's addiction.

The governor has been working to combat drug addiction in New Jersey, and his critics are saying the new law is hypocritical.

"He's trying to stop one [addiction] but he's feeding another one by him delivering the lottery tickets," says Woodbridge resident Tom Kukla. "If you have a gambling problem you can say, 'Feed my addiction. Just bring it to the door.'"

Psychologist Jim Mastrich says that there is some truth to the fact that lottery delivery could feed an addiction.

"I don't know if it's going to make more people do it, but it'll make it easier for folks who are already inclined to keep it going," he says.

Delivery services would have to register with and get authorization from the state Lottery Commission before delivering tickets. They may charge a fee but cannot collect a portion of a prize from a redeemed ticket.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Lottery says the agency is currently reviewing the law and determining what steps are necessary to implement it.

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