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Kansas Lottery plans to unveil pocket-sized slot machines

Kansas LotteryKansas Lottery: Kansas Lottery plans to unveil pocket-sized slot machines

If the Kansas Lottery has its way, thousands of people soon will be carrying small electronic slot machines — in their coat or shirt pockets.

The lottery plans to begin selling the battery-powered devices in early November for $20 each. They're about the size of a credit card, though a little thicker.

The Lottery Commission unanimously approved the yet-unnamed game Monday, and Kansas would be the second state in the nation to try it. Iowa was the first, having started sales in May.

Lottery Director Ed Van Petten said the simple but high-tech game should appeal to a new group of gamblers. "And not just younger players, but a lot of 35-year-olds and 45-year-olds who are a lot more technological than I am," Van Petten told The Kansas City Star.

Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said that when her state tested the cards last fall, they sold out faster than expected.

"People like it for the convenience and portability of it," she said. "You can set it down and come back and play it later. It turns off automatically after about 20 seconds."

Batteries that run the game's computer chip and LCD display are guaranteed to last six months. Neubauer said a few leftovers from Iowa's test batch were still going strong after more than a year.

Each game in Kansas will offer 80 "spins," with each game guaranteed to return $3 and a top potential prize of $500. Van Petten said 120,000 game cards will be put in play in November.

Van Petten said the $3 payback per card was designed to encourage gamblers to redeem the devices with lottery retailers, ensuring their hard plastic cases will be recycled while keeping their batteries out of landfills.

More money also will go back to players in prizes, 68 percent of the total gambled. With traditional scratch-off tickets, the figure is 54 percent.


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New Mexico
United States
Member #12305
March 10, 2005
2984 Posts
Posted: September 14, 2005, 8:20 am - IP Logged

Mind boggling.  I'm inclined to believe John Prine was right.  We're living in the future.


Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

It's about number behavior.

Egos don't count.


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    Sparta, NJ
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    Member #18331
    July 9, 2005
    1977 Posts
    Posted: September 14, 2005, 9:51 am - IP Logged

    Just think, soon we can go completely into debt while stuck in traffic - even before we get to the gas pump.

    I need the lottery win so I can get some of that action!


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      Member #2673
      November 2, 2003
      497 Posts
      Posted: September 14, 2005, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

      I have played the new slot machine instant game. A very interesting type of instant game. I do not prefer that type of game bit I do predict that they will be big sellers.

      Good luck,

        United States
        Member #379
        June 5, 2002
        11296 Posts
        Posted: September 14, 2005, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

        54% payback on scratch tickets? Even NY does much better than that. Maybe that's the overall prize return in KS (online and scratch).

          Northern California
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          Member #19948
          August 9, 2005
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          Posted: September 15, 2005, 11:50 am - IP Logged

          68% is bad for a $20 game (low). It's one of the problems with the EGMI card.

          They cost over $1 per card (5%).  If you pay out 68% in prizes and retailers usually get about 7% for sales & cashing,  that leaves only 20% for lottery operating expense and profit - IF they don't have to pay another vendor a percentage for processing the transaction.

          You also have to have good distribution in place to make these things work.


          A niche product, if that.


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            Member #379
            June 5, 2002
            11296 Posts
            Posted: September 21, 2005, 11:43 am - IP Logged

            For them to succeed in the long-term, they'll need to have much larger prizes available. The novelty otherwise may not last long.