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A state lawmaker is concerned over a new program that allows people to purchase lottery tickets at gasoline pumps in New Mexico.

The new program started a couple weeks ago despite a state statute requiring all lottery tickets be purchased only with cash or check and not with credit cards.

"It prints it out right there — nice. I guess it'll save me a lot of time," a lottery player said Tuesday.

Another Las Cruces resident is concerned: "They need to have some sort of legislation to stop people from getting into financial problems. This is a form of gambling."

The gas pump requires players to verify their year of birth — and pump gas — before receiving their tickets.

"If someone takes their parent's debit card and goes and purchases gas, can they buy lottery tickets?" State Rep. Bill McCamley, (D) District 16, said. "We think the answer to that is — yes."

A letter signed by 13 legislators states the New Mexico Lottery proceeded with the project without legislative approval. There is nothing state legislators can do about the program until the next legislative session.

New Mexicans will keep on playing while lawmakers sort it out. "I think that's pretty simple, pretty easy," a lottery player said.

The New Mexico Lottery Commission has not responded to questions regarding the use of debit cards to buy lottery tickets at gas pumps.

A spokesman, however, told KRQE in Albuquerque "using a debit card is simply an electronic check and retailers have used debit cards in the past, according to our sales director."

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Posted: August 4, 2016, 10:47 am - IP Logged

A state lawmaker is concerned over a new program that allows people to purchase lottery tickets at gasoline pumps in New Mexico.

The new program started a couple weeks ago despite a state statute requiring all lottery tickets be purchased only with cash or check and not with credit cards.

"It prints it out right there — nice. I guess it'll save me a lot of time," a lottery player said Tuesday.

Another Las Cruces resident is concerned: "They need to have some sort of legislation to stop people from getting into financial problems. This is a form of gambling."

The gas pump requires players to verify their year of birth — and pump gas — before receiving their tickets.

"If someone takes their parent's debit card and goes and purchases gas, can they buy lottery tickets?" State Rep. Bill McCamley, (D) District 16, said. "We think the answer to that is — yes."

A letter signed by 13 legislators states the New Mexico Lottery proceeded with the project without legislative approval. There is nothing state legislators can do about the program until the next legislative session.

New Mexicans will keep on playing while lawmakers sort it out. "I think that's pretty simple, pretty easy," a lottery player said.

The New Mexico Lottery Commission has not responded to questions regarding the use of debit cards to buy lottery tickets at gas pumps.

A spokesman, however, told KRQE in Albuquerque "using a debit card is simply an electronic check and retailers have used debit cards in the past, according to our sales director."

THE LOTTERY TAKES MONEY FROM THE ECONOMY. THE LOTTERY IS URGING PEOPLE TO SPEND LESS MONEY ON GAS, SO THEY CAN BUY LOTTERY TICKETS?

 

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    Posted: August 4, 2016, 10:57 am - IP Logged

    Terrible idea no matter what state it's in.

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      How lazy are people now days anyway?  Just walk into the <snip> gas station and buy a ticket. 

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      Never give up.  Banana

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        Posted: August 4, 2016, 11:57 am - IP Logged

        THE LOTTERY TAKES MONEY FROM THE ECONOMY. THE LOTTERY IS URGING PEOPLE TO SPEND LESS MONEY ON GAS, SO THEY CAN BUY LOTTERY TICKETS?

         

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        Mr. Thrifty,

        It may sound retarded, but it somewhat makes sense.
        It may "re-steer" the thinking of businesses in the country, to align better with peoples' priorities,
        and re-price ALL items, including gas, food, etc., accordingly.

        A motorcycle I'd been considering lately would cost me $9500. This is after the one salesman offered to drop the price a few hundred bucks. After having spoken briefly with the other salesman, he told me what's probably a common story:

        "It's been a slow week..."

        Instead of signing a loan contract, all I've been doing is thinking about it, thinking, and even more thinking about it.

        That doesn't do anything for the economy, either.

        Groppo

        • 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: August 4, 2016, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

          Is the gas station machines going to check ID too? So what happens when a 16 year old stops for gas and buys lotto tickets at the gas pump? He/She can't claim it...too young. So now what? STUPID

          I Agree!*** You Can't Win, If You Don't Enter***

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            Posted: August 4, 2016, 12:59 pm - IP Logged

            How lazy are people now days anyway?  Just walk into the <snip> gas station and buy a ticket. 

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            Mr. LiveInGreenBay,

            That's what I do, every single time. And, I never use check/credit card.
            Plus, by going in to the store, it gives me a chance to look around, and get some candy.
            See, I'm a sugar-holic. OK, so I get my tickets, give them $40 for gas and say "it likely won't take all of it",
            go out, fill up, and go back in for my change.  And fortunately, there's a Dairy Queen attached right
            next to the gas-station, where I get my banana split, or Oreo "blizzard", at times.

            Groppo

            • 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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              Mr. Thrifty,

              It may sound retarded, but it somewhat makes sense.
              It may "re-steer" the thinking of businesses in the country, to align better with peoples' priorities,
              and re-price ALL items, including gas, food, etc., accordingly.

              A motorcycle I'd been considering lately would cost me $9500. This is after the one salesman offered to drop the price a few hundred bucks. After having spoken briefly with the other salesman, he told me what's probably a common story:

              "It's been a slow week..."

              Instead of signing a loan contract, all I've been doing is thinking about it, thinking, and even more thinking about it.

              That doesn't do anything for the economy, either.

              Groppo

               About motorcycles, I hope you buy enough insurance to cover the medical costs when you are involved in an accident.

               More and more cars are being purchased while the supply of roads is not increasing. 

              Thank You Groppo for your posts.

              Dance Thank You ,Todd, for the road runner icon on the opening page, OP.

               I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

               Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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                Posted: August 4, 2016, 1:39 pm - IP Logged

                How lazy are people now days anyway?  Just walk into the <snip> gas station and buy a ticket. 

                This post has been automatically changed by the Lottery Post computer system to remove inappropriate content and/or spam.

                If you can pay at the pump n general why not get it all done quicker? Especially at night, gas stations are robbed often.

                The real advantage here, to me anyway, is at those times where the jackpot is at record high and the lines are looooong.

                Other states have this too I understand. What I find crap is that you have to pay a fee, I think 1$?

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                  Posted: August 4, 2016, 1:39 pm - IP Logged

                  It maybe a good idea.  Saves waiting in line with managers chasing the beer runners and long lines.

                   

                  Idea

                  How about them cowboys!

                   

                   

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                    Making it more convenient to Buy Lottery Tickets: May boost Lottery Sales!

                    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                      Posted: August 4, 2016, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

                      Very dangerous as thieves us skimmers at the card readers on the pumps

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                        Don,t Worry:

                        A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                          Very dangerous as thieves us skimmers at the card readers on the pumps

                          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                             About motorcycles, I hope you buy enough insurance to cover the medical costs when you are involved in an accident.

                             More and more cars are being purchased while the supply of roads is not increasing. 

                            Thank You Groppo for your posts.

                            Dance Thank You ,Todd, for the road runner icon on the opening page, OP.

                            .

                            Mr. Music*,

                            It's OK, I'm not a SQUID.  LMAO.

                            It cracks me up, because even though I've heard of the term "Squid" for years, only just last night, and I do mean 8/3/2016, did I bother to find out that "Squid" means a rider that wears no protective gear. I take that to mean:

                            no helmet, leathers or gloves.  Though with over 50K bike miles under my belt, I have YET to go down on a bike as a result of traffic or not, I wear all that gear when I have motorcycle under me.
                            But, I don't even have a bike at this time.

                            Insurance isn't really going to save any part of me, if the unthinkable happens.
                            It's just there IF I get up from such an accident and wish to claim whatever is due to me.

                            Of course, Phoenix, AZ has this nut-burger running around, picking off people at random, so
                            there's that too, but I'm way East of that situation at this time.  But, I-10 is the route I choose.

                            GOOD LUCK TO ALL,
                            THE REST OF THIS WEEK'S LOTTO DRAWS! 

                             

                            Groppo

                            • 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)