By Leisa Zigman

Sauget, IL (KSDK) - There is a sea of change coming to state lottery players, and it's starting in Illinois.

It will become the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets online.

While the state hopes to increase players and cash, some worry it will hurt addicts and stores.

Most every Tuesday and Thursday John Young plays Mega Millions at the Route 3 Fuel and Liquor Store in Sauget, Illinois.

On Sunday, the Illinois Lottery will make it easier for people like Young to play, by offering Mega Millions and Lotto tickets online.

"It'll stop us from selling to people, if they don't come in. It will make us lose some customers," said clerk Kristina Rock.

But Lottery officials don't see it that way. Instead, they say it will expand the numbers of those who play.

Daniel Smith counsels gambling addicts and directs a program called Bet-No-More.

"It's probably going to be devastating for people who never experienced a gambling problem," said Smith.

He worries the ease of online sales will addict more people dreaming of easy money.

Lotto officials plan to put limits on how much a player can spend per drawing, but they have not determined what that limit would be.

You have to be over 18-years-old to play online, be an Illinois resident, and pay by credit card.

"I wouldn't put no credit card, trying to buy tickets. I wouldn't do that," said Young.

The Justice Department cleared the way for the online lottery sales last year.

Power Ball is not yet available online, but lawmakers in Illinois are considering it.

John Young would rather come in to his lucky store, and has no plans to play online.

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