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Self-service lottery machines to be installed in Penn. liquor stores

Pennsylvania LotteryPennsylvania Lottery: Self-service lottery machines to be installed in Penn. liquor stores

Officials at two Pennsylvania state agencies are working on introducing player-activated lottery-ticket terminals in state liquor stores.

"We're interested in anything that helps the state produce revenue," said Bill Epstein, a spokesman for the state Liquor Control Board, which is working with the state Department of Revenue, the lottery's overseer.

The terminals allow players to buy instant tickets plus tickets for daily lotteries and Powerball, making them a step beyond the instant-ticket vending machines already in many outlets. They would become another phase of Gov. Ed Rendell's push to boost lottery revenues that pay for prescription drugs, free public transportation bus rides and property tax/rent rebates for senior citizens and senior citizens centers.

When the idea came up, Liquor Control Board officials were concerned about booze-buying customers waiting in line behind customers lined up for lottery tickets, said Bill Epstein, a spokesman for the board. That's not a problem with the terminals, he said. He declined to estimate when state stores might get the machines.

Last May, the state introduced the first of up to 1,000 self-serve machines in privately owned stores, concentrating on outlets that didn't sell lottery tickets. As of Tuesday, 239 had been installed and an average of 15 additional machines were being installed each week, said Steve Kniley, a revenue spokesman.

He had no estimate of how much additional revenue the machines have produced.

Staffers for state Senate Democratic Leader Robert J. Mellow, D-Peckville, estimate machines in the 638 state stores would produce about $40.5 million a year in revenue.

Epstein said it is unlikely all the stores would get a terminal because some don't have enough customers and some are only open part-time.

"There might be stores where there isn't enough room," Epstein said. "The logical stores would be the ones with the most traffic."

One matter that seems unresolved is whether the machines can be installed without passing a bill first.

Mellow recently re-introduced a bill authorizing their placement. The last version died in the Senate Law and Justice Committee last year.

Epstein said the liquor board's general counsel thinks legislation might be unnecessary.

Mark Meyer, the chief of staff for the committee's new chairman, Sen. John J. Rafferty Jr., R-Montgomery, couldn't say if the bill will move ahead, but said Rafferty "generally supports the bill." He even co-sponsored Mellow's bill last year.

Lottery revenues have risen significantly in recent years as the state added access to Powerball and a daytime instant lottery drawing.

After Rendell took office, the lottery concentrated on boosting the number of retailers selling lottery tickets and adding more attractive instant lottery ticket games.

Between July 1 and this week, ticket sales are up 12.5 percent compared to the same period the year before. For the fiscal year ending last June 30, the lottery had almost $2.4 billion in ticket sales. Its target this year is $2.6
billion, Kniley said.

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DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg
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Posted: February 28, 2005, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

oh great. now people can get srunk and buy their lottery tickets at the same place.

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.

    GoArmy's avatar - redcross
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    Posted: February 28, 2005, 10:28 pm - IP Logged

    If it is anything like Illinois then there will be a lot of alcoholic millionaires. Seems like those liquor stores have a habit of selling the winners.

      lazyjim's avatar - redhead
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      Posted: March 1, 2005, 1:09 am - IP Logged
      Quote: Originally posted by DoctorEw220 on February 28, 2005


      oh great. now people can get srunk and buy their lottery tickets at the same place.


                                    I'll drink to that!
        LOTTOMIKE's avatar - cash money.jpg
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        Posted: March 3, 2005, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

        wish we could get those here in tennessee...

          DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg
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          Posted: March 3, 2005, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

          the nice part about them is that depending on where they are placed, even the nocturnal have time to buy tickets. the not-so-nice part is that they usually place them in places that close. they need to start placing self-service terminals in places like airports, turnpike rest stops, etc. that way you can buy your tickets whenever.

          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.

            LOTTOMIKE's avatar - cash money.jpg
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            Posted: March 5, 2005, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

            the minors trying to buy tickets i think is a big reason why this idea isn't used more