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Florida Walmart stores to sell lottery tickets

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida may have just hit a jackpot.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has agreed to end its long-standing refusal to sell lottery tickets in its U.S. stores after reaching a deal with the Florida Lottery.

Starting in early October the retailer will embark on a pilot program at 27 Walmart neighborhood markets that stretch across central, southwest and South Florida.

The first Walmart stores expected to begin selling lottery tickets are located in Orlando. Ticket sales will start on Oct. 5 and then will ramp up in other locations by the middle of the month.

"We want to offer products our customers want," said Tara Raddohl, a spokeswoman for the Bentonville, Ark., based company. "We did some initial research and we determined it would be a good market to pilot in."

The move into Walmart stores represents a major victory for the Florida Lottery given the resistance that the retailer had in the past to lottery sales. Walmart stores in other countries sell lottery tickets but not in this country.

"It's new territory; we're breaking ground," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell.

Florida Lottery officials said today that the Walmart stores will sell tickets for its six terminal games such as Powerball and Mega Money as well as scratch-off tickets through instant ticket vending machines.

Florida sells lottery tickets at more than 13,000 locations, including in well-known supermarket chains such as Publix and Winn Dixie and in most convenience stores. But the state has been unable to get inside retailers as Walmart, Target or in any of the major drug store chains.

O'Connell said she reached out to Wal-Mart officials during the summer, stressing to them that their neighborhood market stores are reaching out to the same customers who shop at other grocery chains.

The stores that will carry lottery tickets in Florida are smaller than traditional Walmart supercenters. Instead the neighborhood markets sell groceries and usually feature a drive-in pharmacy.

"I think Wal-Mart felt comfortable with our approach," O'Connell said. "It's a much better model for them to pilot. I am just grateful for the opportunity."

Most Walmart neighborhood markets are located in the Orlando area although there are locations in Coral Springs, Tampa, Largo, Melbourne, Pompano Beach, Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

There is no timeline for how long the pilot program will last.

Raddohl said most Walmart pilot programs last for several months to determine if customers like them.

"We will see how it goes," she said.

O'Connell is hopeful that the pilot program will be such a success that Wal-Mart will expand it eventually to the chain's supercenters.

"You better believe it," she said.

The deal between the retailer and the Florida Lottery comes amid a time when the lottery is trying to push its sales back up in order to provide more money for education.

The Florida Lottery hit a peak of $4.2 billion in sales back in 2008 but then sales dropped during the recession and are just now starting to recover. The latest figures show that the Florida Lottery had $4.02 billion in sales for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. From that total about $1.18 billion went to schools and to pay for programs such as the state's Bright Futures scholarship.

This summer Florida Lottery officials went along with a proposal to revamp Powerball, the multi-state lottery game available in more than 40 states. Starting on Jan. 15 the price of Powerball tickets will go up to $2 but the size of the starting jackpot will double to $40 million and the odds of winning will increase.


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Empress-N's avatar - voodoo
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Posted: September 27, 2011, 9:08 pm - IP Logged

Good for Florida, I think they should of started the ticket sales at the supercenters first,

after all they sell everything else there.

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    Posted: September 27, 2011, 10:02 pm - IP Logged

    This is for the Wal-Mart grocery stores, not the regular Wal-Marts or Supercenters

    If the regular Wal-Marts or Super centers were to sell tickets , it would be a huge mess considering the sheer volume of people.Thumbs Down

      B$Rizzle's avatar - a4leds
      The Ville, FL
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      Posted: September 27, 2011, 10:33 pm - IP Logged

      This is interesting considering the Walmart gas stations currently sell Lottery. I believe they are called "Murphy's" gas stations. Usually in the Walmart parking lots. We have several of them in my area

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        Posted: September 27, 2011, 11:26 pm - IP Logged

        If you ever been graced with the photos of some of the wal-mart shoppers , it would behoove any state to not PHOTOGraph the winners, There are some sorry looking outfits roaming thru that store....I bet a nickel that someone wins big from there ...and walmart should price match it :)

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          Posted: September 28, 2011, 2:18 am - IP Logged

          Wonder if Walmart is gonna sell a $1.00 Scratch Off for $.95 cents (Since they claim to have the lowest prices?)LOL

            hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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            Posted: September 28, 2011, 7:15 am - IP Logged

            Walfarts needs to go out of business period !!! Mad

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              Posted: September 28, 2011, 8:26 am - IP Logged

              this is a great idea for Walmart... people can cash in their tickets and turn around and spend money in the store.. WINNING for Walmart

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                Posted: September 28, 2011, 8:49 am - IP Logged

                Maybe they'll start selling at the Walmarts where ridgy lives and when he goes there on the weekends to check out the local babes and what they're wearing now days he can buy his two dollars worth of tickets for the week..

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                  rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                  Posted: September 28, 2011, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                  This is a radical departure for Walmart.

                  This is a bold and exciting move.

                  This is unlike anything they've ever undertaken.

                  This is something they have never done before.

                  Just imagine...

                  Walmart selling something that's not made in China.







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                    Posted: September 28, 2011, 10:11 am - IP Logged

                    I hate Walmart anyway. This is just one more reason to hate them. The lines are huge already and all over the store...lines at the u-scan, lines at

                    register 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 17, 19....this is only on Friday and Saturday. During the week, it's worse...there are lines at 3, 8 and 17 because the rest

                    of the registers are CLOSED...lines in Electronics, lines at Subway, lines in returns, lines at the Pharmacy.

                    One big, square store with a bunch of lines.

                    Who needs more at a lottery terminal?..And the instant machine..!?! wow..probably won't be able to get a $20 in edge-wise...more lines.

                    It's just seems as out of place as K-Mart selling cigarettes at this point. Why change now?

                    If they find it works out at smaller stores, I'm sure the Super-Center invasion isn't far off.

                      Littleoldlady's avatar - basket
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                      Posted: September 28, 2011, 11:41 am - IP Logged

                      I don't  think it will last long.  As soon as some of their ticket "sales" the  five finger discount kind-go into 5 or 6 figures that they have to pay back, they'll quit.

                      If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

                      You never know when you will get another hit.

                        dpoly1's avatar - driver
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                        Posted: September 28, 2011, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

                        I wouldn't buy my tickets anywhere but my local convience store.

                        I just hope no Walmartians win!

                        Roll Eyes

                        Now, if we could only get that first big Mega Ball win in Pennsylvania ! Jester

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                          Posted: September 28, 2011, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

                          I hate Wal Mart.They think you shoudnt anywhere buy there.Examine the Great Value to the other prices,no cheaper. I'ts like the Tn Lottery a scam.

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                            Posted: September 28, 2011, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

                            Left out a word        Buy