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Michigan Lottery replacing terminals statewide

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Posted: November 16, 2008, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

Anyone concerned about lottery tickets being printed on thermal paper, there is no need for concern.  Many state lotteries use thermal paper.

One state near to me that uses thermal paper is Delaware, and if anything I find them to be much more readable than my own state, which uses the traditional dot matrix pinting method.

Thermal printers don't suffer from the same barely-readable ink problems that happen when the store neglects to change the printer ribbon.  Who hasn't seen that problem before?  I've had tickets printed so lightly that the machine could not scan them.  You would never have that issue with a thermal printer.

My personal opinion is that the switch to thermal is a good thing for Michigan.

 

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    DC81's avatar - batman39
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    Posted: November 16, 2008, 3:24 pm - IP Logged

    Tell me about it, even better is when they don't bother changing the ribbon for so long that when you buy a ticket it only shows up as being half there where not only are the numbers not readable but neither is the bar code or the uhh "serial number" or whatever it's called. Can't wait for when these new machines make it to my area and I hope it's soon. Big Smile

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      Posted: November 16, 2008, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

      The money saved by not changing ribbons might be just enough to save the economy! As for the thermal paper it's nothing that new, it's been around as long as the old-school Fax machines, and it would be interesting to have the "fade-away" timed for when the ticket expires; receipts like that I have fade about 6 months to a year... but I will suggest this: scan-in or photograph your tickets so in case that did happen you could at least show them a copy they could get the time and date from. The new ones do print that. The only possible problem is it's near where the draw date is so it could confuse some people.

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        Posted: November 17, 2008, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

        I want to say New York was the longest state? Of course I'l have to call Alex Trebic of Jepordy to see if that's  the right answer.

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          Posted: November 17, 2008, 7:36 pm - IP Logged

          Wow.  That's only 2 years younger than I am.  What is the longest any state has had the lottery?

          that's my final answer :)

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            Posted: November 20, 2008, 9:35 am - IP Logged

            Yes, we already have these newer machines here in England :)

            "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay.

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              Posted: November 20, 2008, 12:46 pm - IP Logged

              I still can't wait for them to come to my area and I hope it's soon! The bar codes of a few tickets I bought yesterday at a store in a different town in my county were messed up by the terminal or maybe the ink was wet still as it was coming out and rubbed against a part of the machine but whatever, at least the numbers are still legible. Then I bought a couple more tickets else where and they're quite light due to low ink.

              You can't predict random.