NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York lottery officials said on Friday they would not accept digital currencies like bitcoin or the virtual currency Ethereum, despite pleas from the state’s government to do so.

    The lottery issued a statement to Reuters that said the state would not be accepting the currencies as payment and would instead focus on other options for lottery participants.

    “Our lottery is committed to offering its guests an innovative and inclusive lottery experience,” the lottery said in a statement.

    “The New York State Lottery has been working closely with the New York Department of Financial Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal, state, and local agencies to develop a strategy to provide a safe and secure lottery experience for our guests.”

    Bitcoin, a digital currency, was introduced in 2014 and is used to buy lottery tickets online, at retail stores and by online gambling sites.

    The New York Lottery’s announcement does not change any of the games in which the lottery offers cash prizes, but it does provide guidance on how it intends to operate as a lottery in the future.

    The department has said it will continue to work with the lottery to make sure that bitcoin, ether and other digital currencies are treated appropriately.

    In a statement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the lottery has not yet determined what the best approach is.

    “As lottery operators, we must make sure our businesses comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and regulations, including the Digital Currency Transaction and Reporting Act (DCVRRA) and other state laws governing the issuance and use of virtual currencies,” Cuomo said.

    “In the meantime, we have already been making the necessary investments to ensure the safe operation of the New Jersey lottery in accordance with state law.

    We are committed to providing our guests with a safe, secure, and efficient lottery experience.”

    In December, the New England Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI by a final score of 28-27, a game that ended with the Patriots losing a coin toss to the Falcons.