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Self-service lottery machines popular in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania LotteryPennsylvania Lottery: Self-service lottery machines popular in Pennsylvania

To Billy Kaldes, owner of The Spot in downtown Harrisburg, selling Pennsylvania lottery tickets is the biggest thing for business since the introduction of the Rendell Burger in 2003.

Kaldes installed one of the lottery's new self-service ticket dispensers this month, and its first-week sales of $4,297 set a record.

It earned him a visit yesterday from The Spot's last big thing, Gov. Ed Rendell, who touted the lottery's growth and picked up a couple of burgers.

"This terminal allows the player to get into the lottery without anyone from the store helping them out," Rendell said after testing a $10 Powerball order. "That's the reason that we're in some of the stores we're now in."

The player-activated machines were introduced last year, and there are 270 sprinkled around the state. Most are in places such as The Spot, where speedy food service is the recipe for success and managers can't afford to devote an employee to selling tickets.

Lottery Executive Director Ed Mahlman said 1,000 self-serve machines should be in service by year's end, and almost all of them will be in places that haven't sold tickets before.

For Kaldes, who said he has longed to sell the tickets at his Second Street store for years, it's a win-win proposition.

It "makes money for me," he said, gesturing to the vending machine-sized game stand. That helps him be more generous with his work force, Kaldes added.

"Now someone can come into The Spot, get a sandwich or a six-pack of beer to go, and get a lottery ticket. It's almost like shopping for whatever you needed in one place," Kaldes said.

The self-serve machines, with average sales of $1,300 a week, account for a fraction of the lottery's $2.4 billion in annual ticket sales. But with more locations such as The Spot, Mahlman said, they will play a key role in the lottery's success.

Through Wednesday, lottery sales were running 11.8 percent ahead of last year's record pace, state Revenue Department officials said.

That's important to Rendell, who needs the lottery to stay strong.

Lottery proceeds pay for enrollments in the state's prescription drug assistance programs for senior citizens. Rendell is banking that lottery sales won't dip when legalized slot-machine gambling starts in Pennsylvania next year.

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Posted: March 16, 2005, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

Not even self-service terminals will help Unlucky for Life.

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    Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on March 16, 2005

    Not even self-service terminals will help Unlucky for Life.


    They'll dump it soon enough, just be patient. Pennsylvania Lottery isn't the type to give up on a game.

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      Posted: March 17, 2005, 3:55 am - IP Logged

      exactly. i think PA will try and change the game before getting rid of it. there has never been a game that has not lasted for more than a year.

      I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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        Posted: March 17, 2005, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

        i'd love to see them here...

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          Posted: March 18, 2005, 4:48 am - IP Logged

          give it time. states will slowly move toward only self-service terminals. they have vending machines for everything. in europe they have a McDonalds that is completely vending machine. In LA, they have a vending machine that acts as a convenience store.

          I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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            Posted: March 18, 2005, 9:37 am - IP Logged

            Does the McD vending machine have fewer choices?

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              Posted: March 18, 2005, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

              not really. granted it's in europe and they serve different foods there.

              I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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                Posted: March 20, 2005, 3:32 pm - IP Logged

                I suppose the Quarter Pounder there would be sold in a metric weight.

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                  Posted: March 20, 2005, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                  Are you sure you're not confused with the Redboxes that were in some McD's parking lots in the DC area?

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                    Posted: March 21, 2005, 9:36 am - IP Logged

                    What's a Redbox?

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                      Posted: March 21, 2005, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

                      I want the self-serve Lottery machines here! I don't wanna wait behind some guy who has 2 six-packs of beer, daipers, 3 bags of chips, newspaper, 5 Big Azz Burgers, carton of milk, and eggs in my local "convenience" store.


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                        Posted: March 22, 2005, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                        I don't think NY needs them.

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                          Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on March 22, 2005


                          I don't think NY needs them.



                          Why not?