Delaware Online Gambling Bill Gets Through House

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A bill that would legalize online gambling within the state of Delaware has made it through the State House of Assembly this week, moving up to the State Senate to be voted on.

The bill made it through the house with a 29-8 vote, after an amendment was added that would place a share of the revenues of online gambling to help fatten horse racing purses at the state's three racetracks.

State Representative John Viola said that the bill is "the next logical step" in Delaware's gambling industry.

Dover Downs Inc. CEO Ed Sutor said that online gambling could help boost the gambling industry in the Diamond State, giving it an advantage over other states who have increased competition with Delaware.

The bill would require gamblers to buy prepaid gambling cards from a state lottery retailer, which would alleviate concerns by retailers claiming that online gambling would negatively affect lottery ticket and traffic sales in stores.