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Iowa House votes to allow touchscreen lottery machines

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa House kicked off the seventh week of the 2016 session by approving a bill to make buying lottery tickets easier.

Touch-screen lottery machines should result in an additional $30.5 million in revenue for Iowa Lottery the next two fiscal years, increasing total revenue to $321.5 million, according to a fiscal note from the Legislative Services Bureau. That will mean about $6.2 million more transferred to the state general fund.

The self-serve kiosks will replace older pull tabs and scratch ticket vending machines and allow lottery players to buy Powerball tickets, too, according to Rep. Quentin Stanerson, R-Center Point, who floor managed House File 2146. The kiosks will not dispense cash.

It passed 87-10.

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Posted: February 23, 2016, 5:31 pm - IP Logged

Touch screen lottery machines WTG Iowa Thumbs Up

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    Posted: February 23, 2016, 6:01 pm - IP Logged

     One step closer to a cashless society. Ponder

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      HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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      Posted: February 23, 2016, 8:13 pm - IP Logged

      So, are these like vending machines but fancier?

      I think I read someone here saying they can key in numbers on the machines in their state instead of using a play slip, more like the machines the cashiers use.  Is that what this is?  That would be really nice because the play slip readers hardly ever work in the machines around here.

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        So, are these like vending machines but fancier?

        I think I read someone here saying they can key in numbers on the machines in their state instead of using a play slip, more like the machines the cashiers use.  Is that what this is?  That would be really nice because the play slip readers hardly ever work in the machines around here.

        That's what I'm thinking. What?

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          So, are these like vending machines but fancier?

          I think I read someone here saying they can key in numbers on the machines in their state instead of using a play slip, more like the machines the cashiers use.  Is that what this is?  That would be really nice because the play slip readers hardly ever work in the machines around here.

          Well, how about for us folks who use the play slips exclusively?

          I wish some state, or the national lotto as a whole could come up with a way for the player to just turn in previous tickets played, so that the players can replay the next time, if they so choose.

          I'd call that a triumph. Then, the clerk wouldn't have to run my slips through, generate the ticket, then put the slip on one side, on the counter; the ticket on the other side.

          So, eliminating that, would be a triumph for me. I play several such slips, every week.   No big deal, if it stays this way, but don't talk about eliminating slips in any way.

          (That's how the manual transmission has almost become extinct.)

          On the vending machine, OK, same thing. I can put my slips in, and from then on, I can opt to put in my tickets, have a lighted "replay this ticket" button.

          And bingo, my tickets are generated for the next game.

          But why don't they do this?  I think it's because my slips are marked much better in pen than the tickets that are printed from the machine.  So, more potential problems possible.

          • Don't chase the numbers you play.
          • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
          • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                    (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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            Posted: February 24, 2016, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

            So, are these like vending machines but fancier?

            I think I read someone here saying they can key in numbers on the machines in their state instead of using a play slip, more like the machines the cashiers use.  Is that what this is?  That would be really nice because the play slip readers hardly ever work in the machines around here.

            My play slips last from matrix change to the next.
            And yes, I use them every week.

            I have them filled out neatly, all legible marks within the squares.
            No need to eliminate the slips until they come up with a way for the player
            to generate their next game play(s), by turning in their tickets, instead of the slips.

            Otherwise, you may need to call your state lotto to come and fix/clean/adjust the machine you use.  Could be a bad batch of slips?

            • Don't chase the numbers you play.
            • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
            • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                      (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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              Posted: February 24, 2016, 6:47 pm - IP Logged

              Great idea. We can play a lot of other games with touch screen . I can't see a reason it couldn't work in the lottery as well.

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                Posted: February 24, 2016, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

                Here's what we have in Virginia, I love these things, so convenient.  You can cash your winners as well and use the funds towards a new purchase.

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                  Very nice, JackofHearts.  I love that you don't have to rely on the machine to read the playslip to get your own numbers.  That's the thing I have the most problems and frustration with here.  I don't know if the lottery went cheap and bought "seconds" for our machines or what, but there's not a machine within 2 miles of my house that I haven't had the play slip reader refuse to work.

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                    Posted: February 29, 2016, 10:19 am - IP Logged

                    Well, how about for us folks who use the play slips exclusively?

                    I wish some state, or the national lotto as a whole could come up with a way for the player to just turn in previous tickets played, so that the players can replay the next time, if they so choose.

                    I'd call that a triumph. Then, the clerk wouldn't have to run my slips through, generate the ticket, then put the slip on one side, on the counter; the ticket on the other side.

                    So, eliminating that, would be a triumph for me. I play several such slips, every week.   No big deal, if it stays this way, but don't talk about eliminating slips in any way.

                    (That's how the manual transmission has almost become extinct.)

                    On the vending machine, OK, same thing. I can put my slips in, and from then on, I can opt to put in my tickets, have a lighted "replay this ticket" button.

                    And bingo, my tickets are generated for the next game.

                    But why don't they do this?  I think it's because my slips are marked much better in pen than the tickets that are printed from the machine.  So, more potential problems possible.

                      Funny Groppo that you mentioned about putting the same tickets back into the machine... cause they do have it here in PA.. I heard the clerk telling someone else that instead of repeating the same plays he just takes his tickets from the previous day and runs them again the next day...no play slip involved..When I heard that I thought it was a good idea...

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                      HoLeeKau's avatar - YheaShea
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                      Posted: February 29, 2016, 1:11 pm - IP Logged

                        Funny Groppo that you mentioned about putting the same tickets back into the machine... cause they do have it here in PA.. I heard the clerk telling someone else that instead of repeating the same plays he just takes his tickets from the previous day and runs them again the next day...no play slip involved..When I heard that I thought it was a good idea...

                      We can do that here, too.  If you scan a losing ticket it says to scan again to replay.  But it doesn't work if that particular ticket won.  It just keeps telling you that it's already been cashed.  However, the machines the cashiers use can replay a winning ticket.

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                        We can do that here, too.  If you scan a losing ticket it says to scan again to replay.  But it doesn't work if that particular ticket won.  It just keeps telling you that it's already been cashed.  However, the machines the cashiers use can replay a winning ticket.

                        In NY some locations have the touchscreen machines.

                        We also have the "PLAY AGAIN" option to re-play old tickets 9winners or losers).

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