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N.C. Lottery likely to stir store rivalry

North Carolina LotteryNorth Carolina Lottery: N.C. Lottery likely to stir store rivalry

For some North Carolina gas station and convenience store owners, the chance to sell lottery tickets is something they have sought for decades.

Now that it's here, even those as leery of the lottery as the lawmakers who fought for years against its creation are likely to get into the game.

"We have not polled our people, but it seems like there's always been a big split," said Doug Howey, governmental-affairs director for the N.C. Petroleum Marketers Association, whose members include hundreds of service stations. "The bottom line is that if you are in business and your competition has the lottery, you will, too."

After decades of debate, lawmakers in North Carolina agreed this week to make the state the last on the East Coast to start a lottery.

That means North Carolinians who have had to drive to gas stations and convenience stores in neighboring states to buy lottery tickets will be able to gamble, perhaps in six months, at the corner store.

"Everybody has a dream, and this is what it's all about," said Eddie Zaghari, the manager at Southside Grocery in Charlotte. "A lot of people have asked me to do it, and I will."

Fran Preston of the N.C. Merchants Association said many of the Raleigh-based group's members opposed a lottery.

Their concerns ranged from lost sales of higher-margin products that will compete with lottery tickets to worries about how long it will take retailers to get paid for selling the tickets.

But, she said, "this is a fact of life now that the state has taken a firm position [on the lottery]."

She says she expects that those opposed to the lottery's creation will want to be involved in deciding who will sell tickets. If North Carolina follows the example of other states, there will be about one retailer for every 2,000 residents, making for about 4,000 retailers in North Carolina.

Jeff Lowrance, a spokesman for Salisbury-based Food Lion, says he expects they'll be available at his company's stores.

He added, however, that "if there is a community that is really opposed to [gambling], we'll take that into consideration."

N.C. retailers that end up selling tickets will compete for customers such as Betty Wilson, who drives several miles from her home in Charlotte to Fort Mill to buy tickets at Miller's Gas.

It's one of the dozens of convenience stores straddling the state line that now cater to North Carolinians looking for lottery tickets.

"I might come down here and play some, but I'll probably stick to North Carolina," Wilson said as she scratched off the numbers on one of her tickets. "It's a lot closer."

But don't expect lottery retailers in South Carolina, Virginia and other border states to give up on customers such as Wilson, who make up a significant portion of their lottery sales.

AP

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Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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Posted: September 7, 2005, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

In refernce to Food Lion selling lottery tickets:

Down here the rich and elitist shop for groceries at Harris Teeter and Tally's.  The minorities and the poor shop at Food Lion and what once was Winn Dixie.  Minorities, the poor and average income shop at Bilo's.

I'm not surprise that Food Lion is jumping on the ban wagon to get their share of the lottery dollars.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Family Dollars stores didn't take advantage of the opportunity too.  After all, they are the poor man's Wal-Mart.

Since there will not be much advertising in the budget, what a novel idea to create visibility and convenience.  I'll wager that Harris Teeter and Tally's won't be selling lottery tickets.

It has started already.

 

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    Posted: September 7, 2005, 12:20 pm - IP Logged
       

    In refernce to Food Lion selling lottery tickets:

    Down here the rich and elitist shop for groceries at Harris Teeter and Tally's. The minorities and the poor shop at Food Lion and what once was Winn Dixie. Minorities, the poor and average income shop at Bilo's.

    I'm not surprise that Food Lion is jumping on the ban wagon to get their share of the lottery dollars. I wouldn't be surprised if the Family Dollars stores didn't take advantage of the opportunity too. After all, they are the poor man's Wal-Mart.

    Since there will not be much advertising in the budget, what a novel idea to create visibility and convenience. I'll wager that Harris Teeter and Tally's won't be selling lottery tickets.

    It has started already.

    I don't think Family Dollar sells lottery tickets. We've got them here in PA, and back in FL, and no Family Dollars there sell lottery tickets.

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      Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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      Posted: September 7, 2005, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

      The Levine's are pretty decent people.

       

      tenaj

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        Posted: September 7, 2005, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

        In refernce to Food Lion selling lottery tickets:

        Down here the rich and elitist shop for groceries at Harris Teeter and Tally's.  The minorities and the poor shop at Food Lion and what once was Winn Dixie.  Minorities, the poor and average income shop at Bilo's.

        I'm not surprise that Food Lion is jumping on the ban wagon to get their share of the lottery dollars.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Family Dollars stores didn't take advantage of the opportunity too.  After all, they are the poor man's Wal-Mart.

        Since there will not be much advertising in the budget, what a novel idea to create visibility and convenience.  I'll wager that Harris Teeter and Tally's won't be selling lottery tickets.

        It has started already.

         

        Hi neighbor,

        You've confirmed what I've known awhile... I'm poor! And with gas prices I'll prob walk to the nearest lottery retailer now.

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          Posted: September 10, 2005, 10:54 am - IP Logged

          In refernce to Food Lion selling lottery tickets:

          Down here the rich and elitist shop for groceries at Harris Teeter and Tally's.  The minorities and the poor shop at Food Lion and what once was Winn Dixie.  Minorities, the poor and average income shop at Bilo's.

          I'm not surprise that Food Lion is jumping on the ban wagon to get their share of the lottery dollars.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Family Dollars stores didn't take advantage of the opportunity too.  After all, they are the poor man's Wal-Mart.

          Since there will not be much advertising in the budget, what a novel idea to create visibility and convenience.  I'll wager that Harris Teeter and Tally's won't be selling lottery tickets.

          It has started already.

           

          We have Family Dollar stores here in Louisiana and they don't sell lottery tickets.  Winn Dixie stores, or should I say the few Winn Dixie stores we still have, sell lottery tickets.  The grocery business in my area(Baton Rouge) is getting more and more dominated by Wal Mart.  Between the Wal Mart Supercenter stores and the Wal Mart Neighborhood Market grocery stores, the other grocery stores, such as Albertsons(which sells lottery tickets), Winn Dixie, etc., are being pushed out.

          It isn't hard to find a place that sells lottery tickets here though, since just about every gas station/convenience store sells them so whether or not supermarkets sell them doesn't really matter.  They are still available just about anywhere.

          Whether or not a store will continue to sell lottery tickets will be based simply on how much that store makes after they start selling them.  Some stores who were selling lottery tickets found they cut into higher margin items, so they quit selling them while others, continue selling them.  The retailers will ultimately decide if the lottery is good for them or not.

          PrisonerSix