Section 24. The commission is hereby authorized to conduct a state lottery and shall determine the types of lottery or lotteries, to be conducted, the price, or prices, of tickets or shares in the lottery, the numbers and sizes of the prizes on the winning tickets or shares, the manner of selecting the winning tickets or shares, the manner of payment of prizes to the holders of winning tickets or shares, the frequency of the drawings or selections of winning tickets or shares and the type or types of locations at which tickets or shares may be sold, the method to be used in selling tickets or shares, the licensing of agents to sell tickets or shares; provided, however, that no tickets or shares, other than season tickets, so-called, shall be sold, offered for sale, or purchased from a licensed sales agent or the lottery commission by telephone or by the use of computer or facsimile services; provided, further, that said restriction shall not govern the transmittal of lottery information and sales through telephone services strictly between the lottery commission and its duly licensed sales agents; provided, further, that no person under the age of eighteen shall be licensed as an agent, the manner and amount of compensation, if any, to be paid licensed sales agents, and such other matters necessary or desirable for the efficient and economical operation and administration of the lottery and for the convenience of the purchasers of tickets or shares and the holders of winning tickets or shares; provided, however, that the amount of compensation, if any, to be paid to licensed sales agents as a commission pursuant to this section shall be calculated on the total face value of each ticket or share sold and not on any discounted price of any such ticket or share sold. The commission is authorized to operate the daily numbers game seven days a week. Each state lottery ticket or share shall have imprinted thereon the state seal and a serial number. The commission may establish, and from time to time revise, such rules and regulations as it deems necessary or desirable and shall file the same with the office of the state secretary. The commission shall advise and make recommendations to the director regarding the operation and administration of the lottery. The commission shall report monthly to the governor, the attorney general and the general court, the total lottery revenues, prize disbursements and other expenses for the preceding month, and shall make an annual independently audited financial report to the same which shall include a full and complete statement of lottery revenues, prize disbursements and other expenses, including such recommendations as it may deem necessary or advisable, which shall be made available electronically to the general public not later than the earliest date established for reports in section 12 of chapter 7A. The commission shall report immediately to the governor and the general court any matters which require immediate changes in the laws of the commonwealth in order to prevent abuses and evasions of the lottery law or rules and regulations promulgated thereunder or to rectify undesirable conditions in connection with the administration or operation of the state lottery.
The commission is authorized to carry on a continuous study and investigation of said lottery throughout the commonwealth in order (1) to ascertain any defects in the state lottery law or in the rules and regulations issued thereunder whereby any abuse in the administration and operation of the lottery or any evasion of said law or said rules and regulations may arise or be practiced, (2) to formulate recommendations for changes in said law and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder to prevent such abuses and evasions, and (3) to guard against the use of said law and rules and regulations issued thereunder as a cloak for the carrying on of organized gambling and crime.
The commission shall make a continuous study and investigation of the operation and administration of similar laws in other states or countries, of any literature on the subject which from time to time may be published or available, of any federal laws which may affect the operation of the lottery, and of the reaction of citizens of the commonwealth to existing and potential features of the lottery with a view to recommending or effecting changes that will tend to better serve and implement the purposes of the state lottery law.
The concurrence of the chairman and of not less than two other members of the commission shall be required for all official actions of the commission. A copy of the minutes of each meeting of the commission, including any rules and regulations adopted by the commission or any amendments thereof, shall be forthwith transmitted, by and under the certification of the secretary thereof, to the governor.
The commission shall have the power to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents, papers, books, records and other evidence before it in any matter over which it has jurisdiction, control or supervision. The commission shall have the power to administer oaths and affirmations to persons whose testimony is required.