ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators cleared the way for lottery players to order scratch-off tickets on their phones. The state Gaming Commission approved a rule to allow companies to purchase and deliver instant scratch-off tickets for customers. The maker of an app that recently began taking orders for New York lottery drawings like Mega Millions and Lotto hopes to start offering instant tickets within months. The app expansion worries some operators of stores that sell tickets. But the head of the company offering the lottery app in New York and more than a half-dozen other states said it’s attracting new, younger players.
Photo: New York Lotto slips are displayed on a rack along with Mega Millions and Powerball slips at the Lasting Impression shop at the Empire State Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo)