The best things in life, as everyone knows, involve two or more. This is surely the case as US state authorities examine the possibilities of licensing Internet gambling. They are becoming less concerned about prosecuting Internet gambling operators, and concentrating more on what they might gain from entering a market that began at zero in 1995, topped $10 billion in 2005, and is predicted to top $20 billion by 2010.
Faced with widespread "maturing" of markets and even declining sales, a number of American state lotteries have turned to using the Internet as part of their actual gaming, not just for advertising.577 Even socially conservative states such as Georgia have considered using the Internet for account betting on their lotteries. Other betting formats are being examined as well. North Dakota considered (but then rejected) a scheme to license Internet poker rooms, taking all comers. Proposals in Minnesota would involve the state in online horse betting. In short, the question is no longer, "How do we keep Internet gambling out?" It has become, "How can we get it in here, and get our piece of it?"