Kansas lawmakers considering lottery vending machines
Kansas Lottery players soon might be able to buy tickets from vending machines.
The House voted this week in support of the move, which the state lottery has sought for three years.
Lottery spokeswoman Sally Lunsford said the measure would increase lottery revenue and cut labor costs for retailers, where ticket buyers could bypass clerks and use the self-service machines. She said 37 other states, including Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma, use the machines.
Vending machines have increas ...
Mar 25, 2017, 3:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida House Speaker prepares to sue Lottery
The Florida Speaker of the House is drafting a lawsuit that would pit the House against the Florida Lottery. At the heart of the issue is a contract between the Florida Lottery and gaming vendor IGT Global Solutions Corporation, which provides lotto vending machines.
Last year, the Florida Legislature budgeted about $26.6 million for terminal machines, $5 million for instant-ticket vending machines and $2.9 million for full-service vending machines, according to a draft of the suit.
Feb 15, 2017, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Play at the Pump slow to take off in NC
In January 2015, the North Carolina Education Lottery joined an effort to make convenience stores more convenient for potential lottery players by allowing them to play the lottery digitally while filling up their gas tanks.
Play at the Pump, a cloud-based payment platform, allows people to play Mega Millions, Powerball and Cash 5 without going into the store. With the swipe of a debit card and a $1 transaction fee, players can get their numbers for the next drawing.
Linq3, an Atlanta soft ...
Dec 3, 2016, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
New Mexico's gas pump lottery sales face legal hurdle
The Play at the Pump pilot program is facing a legal test regarding how New Mexico customers purchase their Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets.
As Lottery Post reported last week, consumers can now purchase New Mexico lottery tickets at some gas pumps without having to enter a store. However, the New Mexico House and Ways Committee subsequently objected that state law allows for the purchase of lottery tickets by only cash and checks, not debit cards as used at the pump, and attempts ...
Aug 9, 2016, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
New Mexico lottery players now able to buy tickets at gas pumps
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 peop ...
Aug 4, 2016, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery hopes to upgrade vending machines by end of September
The Iowa Lottery is going to work after the governor signed a bill Friday to allow them to upgrade their vending machines to modern technology.
Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer, says they want to have something in place once the maintenance contract on the current machines expires. That contract expires September 30th, so we have a lot of work to do between now and then. But the plan is to get at least some new equipment into the field by September 30th and hopefully it would all be out the ...
Apr 4, 2016, 6:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa House votes to allow touchscreen lottery machines
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 ...
Feb 23, 2016, 4:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Faulty $50 Wisonsin lottery ticket causing a flap
Celeste Davis is haunted by a scratch-off lottery ticket.
I played Joker's Wild, and now the joke is on me, she sighed.
The Milwaukee woman spent $5 on a ticket that appears to be a $50 winner. So we're not talking about a lot of money here.
But the ticket never paid out, despite extraordinary efforts by Wisconsin Lottery staff to validate it.
It's just a mystery. We tried to re-create her ticket so we could pay her, lottery communications director Stephanie Marquis said.
We be ...
Dec 4, 2015, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers move to allow lottery sales as gas pumps, ATMs
Florida legislators are moving forward with a bill that would allow lottery tickets to be sold anywhere you can swipe a credit card, including gas pumps and ATMs.
Under this bill, you could get your Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto tickets at the gas pump, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). It will generate new money for education without expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
As expected, any attempted change in lottery laws brings out the anti-gamblin ...
Nov 18, 2015, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers seek to automate lottery ticket sales
The Florida Lottery and education in the state go hand in hand, with the department contributing more than $28 billion to education trust funds since 1988. Lawmakers think they can get that number to up with a bill that would make it easier for consumers to buy a ticket.
The idea for automated lottery terminals comes from a state study where it has been noted for two years in a row that ticket automation could increase revenues.
The Florida Lottery is coming off a record-breaking month. Mo ...
Nov 10, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum