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Why don't WAWA stores sell lottery tickets?

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Posted: April 11, 2007, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

I don't understand.  In the Northeast, there is a WAWA (equivalent to 7-11 but with gas stations) almost every 5 miles.  I've always wondered why they don't have green machines.  Anyone know why?  I suppose I could just call myself but I have to do some other things first.  In the mean time, anyone care to answer?

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    I did call and they said in so many words that lottery players get in the way of their "regular" players.  They said that theywant people to come to WAWA to buy WAWA products, not the lottery.

    They said people were coming in just to play the lottery and thats it.

    I told them that was a stupid move to take the lottery out and that is why I hardly go to their stores anymore. 

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      For many years here in Southwest Florida, Mobil gas stations didn't have any lottery machines, and all of a sudden, about a year ago they decided to start them. I never asked them why, but I figure it wasn't worth the trouble considering they only make about 8 cents on the dollar.

      Most franchises that open up for the first time, even a major chain brand, have to first sell a certain amount of scratch-offs to pay for the machine.

      Are these stores new, or have they been around for a while?

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        Posted: April 25, 2007, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

        Ugh, I hear you loud and clear. There's a Wawa not too far from here, and a lot of times that's the only store I can get to. It really is BS that they don't sell lottery, whatever happened to "The customer is always right?"

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          Posted: April 25, 2007, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

          With a name like BOW WOW WOW.....

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            For many years here in Southwest Florida, Mobil gas stations didn't have any lottery machines, and all of a sudden, about a year ago they decided to start them. I never asked them why, but I figure it wasn't worth the trouble considering they only make about 8 cents on the dollar.

            Most franchises that open up for the first time, even a major chain brand, have to first sell a certain amount of scratch-offs to pay for the machine.

            Are these stores new, or have they been around for a while?

            These stores are nowhere near new! They've been around forever.  Once I got old enough to play lottery, that was one of the first places I went.  I was super shocked that it wasn't available.

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              Posted: April 25, 2007, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

              I did call and they said in so many words that lottery players get in the way of their "regular" players.  They said that theywant people to come to WAWA to buy WAWA products, not the lottery.

              They said people were coming in just to play the lottery and thats it.

              I told them that was a stupid move to take the lottery out and that is why I hardly go to their stores anymore. 

              It depends on the state's conditions and requirement but it looks like WAWA was unable to meet them; maybe because WAWA didn't want to properly teach their clerks how to run a lottery terminal. From a player's view, gas stations are probably the best place to buy lottery tickets but probably the worst place to cash in winning tickets. I'm not putting the blame solely on the clerks because confusing store policies and player ignorance contributes too.

              The other night I saw a sign next to the lottery terminal at a gas station mini-mart saying they would no longer cash lottery tickets over $100 and was told by the clerk it's because they routinely drop money into the safe and don't have much over $100 in their cash registers. Though I know better, I still had ask the clerk about winners over $100 but under $599 and was told they would either have to wait until the manager came in or go to the regional office. This of course contradicts Ohio Lottery's conditions and requirements of sales agents so that store will either find a way to cash tickets under $599 or might decide to stop selling lottery tickets.

              We have drive-thru stores that sell lottery tickets and I have no idea how they cash tickets.

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                Posted: April 25, 2007, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

                It depends on the state's conditions and requirement but it looks like WAWA was unable to meet them; maybe because WAWA didn't want to properly teach their clerks how to run a lottery terminal. From a player's view, gas stations are probably the best place to buy lottery tickets but probably the worst place to cash in winning tickets. I'm not putting the blame solely on the clerks because confusing store policies and player ignorance contributes too.

                The other night I saw a sign next to the lottery terminal at a gas station mini-mart saying they would no longer cash lottery tickets over $100 and was told by the clerk it's because they routinely drop money into the safe and don't have much over $100 in their cash registers. Though I know better, I still had ask the clerk about winners over $100 but under $599 and was told they would either have to wait until the manager came in or go to the regional office. This of course contradicts Ohio Lottery's conditions and requirements of sales agents so that store will either find a way to cash tickets under $599 or might decide to stop selling lottery tickets.

                We have drive-thru stores that sell lottery tickets and I have no idea how they cash tickets.

                I hear you but when I was 16, I used to work at WAWA.  There is ALWAYS at least a clerk, and a manager on duty.  The MOD should be able to handle stuff like that if the clerk doesn't.  Also, this doesn't stop 7/11 or any other store from selling tickets.  I honestly think their excuse is pretty lame.

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                  Posted: April 26, 2007, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                  I did call and they said in so many words that lottery players get in the way of their "regular" players.  They said that theywant people to come to WAWA to buy WAWA products, not the lottery.

                  They said people were coming in just to play the lottery and thats it.

                  I told them that was a stupid move to take the lottery out and that is why I hardly go to their stores anymore. 

                  That is really interesting, thank you for finding that out and posting it!

                  That answer they gave you seems a bit strange, as lottery green machines just add more profit for stores, and actually bring lots of NEW customers to the store, who then go on to buy other things, like milk, Coke, etc.  That's why the convenience store lobby groups are so opposed to online lottery sales -- they would lose a lot of customer traffic.

                   

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                    Posted: April 26, 2007, 11:50 am - IP Logged

                    It depends on the state's conditions and requirement but it looks like WAWA was unable to meet them; maybe because WAWA didn't want to properly teach their clerks how to run a lottery terminal. From a player's view, gas stations are probably the best place to buy lottery tickets but probably the worst place to cash in winning tickets. I'm not putting the blame solely on the clerks because confusing store policies and player ignorance contributes too.

                    The other night I saw a sign next to the lottery terminal at a gas station mini-mart saying they would no longer cash lottery tickets over $100 and was told by the clerk it's because they routinely drop money into the safe and don't have much over $100 in their cash registers. Though I know better, I still had ask the clerk about winners over $100 but under $599 and was told they would either have to wait until the manager came in or go to the regional office. This of course contradicts Ohio Lottery's conditions and requirements of sales agents so that store will either find a way to cash tickets under $599 or might decide to stop selling lottery tickets.

                    We have drive-thru stores that sell lottery tickets and I have no idea how they cash tickets.

                    If you live in Ohio you can cash tickets at a bank why bother to go some place that might not have the cash.

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                      If you live in Ohio you can cash tickets at a bank why bother to go some place that might not have the cash.

                      You can't cash a regular lottery ticket at an Ohio bank.  Your winning ticket of $600 or more have to be verified by a retailer who  will print out a verification ticket and give you an application for a W-G tax form which has to be filled in and taken to an approved bank to get cash.  The bank charges a $10-$15 fee for their service.

                      *Ohio Wal-Mart stores don't sell lottery tickets either but similar stores like Miejers do. 

                       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                         
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                        Posted: April 26, 2007, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

                        For many years here in Southwest Florida, Mobil gas stations didn't have any lottery machines, and all of a sudden, about a year ago they decided to start them. I never asked them why, but I figure it wasn't worth the trouble considering they only make about 8 cents on the dollar.

                        Most franchises that open up for the first time, even a major chain brand, have to first sell a certain amount of scratch-offs to pay for the machine.

                        Are these stores new, or have they been around for a while?

                        You noticed that too, huh?  I wonder if the station on 41 is company owned or franchised.  The gas station on the Beach Rd was a Mobil at one time (now a BP/Amoco) and it was owned by the same man who owns 2 other stations in Naples. (the ones with the free air pumps that say to air is human)  They are also no longer Mobil stations. Anyway, none of those stations sold lottery tickets so it might be up to the franchise owner (?????)

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                          You can't cash a regular lottery ticket at an Ohio bank.  Your winning ticket of $600 or more have to be verified by a retailer who  will print out a verification ticket and give you an application for a W-G tax form which has to be filled in and taken to an approved bank to get cash.  The bank charges a $10-$15 fee for their service.

                          *Ohio Wal-Mart stores don't sell lottery tickets either but similar stores like Miejers do. 

                          sorry! my bad! thanks for clearing that up.

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                            If you live in Ohio you can cash tickets at a bank why bother to go some place that might not have the cash.

                            As RJ explained, lottery retailers cash tickets less than $599. When you hit the Pick-4 straight a lottery retailer will fill out a W2 form along with a voucher from the lottery terminal that you take to a designated bank. The form must be notarized and the bank I went to provided that service.

                            Ohio has a backup bet that includes straight and box so you don't want to use that if the winning amount exceeds $599 or you will have to pay taxes on it. I was told you don't have to pay taxes on multiple bets on the same number on one ticket but to be safe, I get separate tickets. The bet slips have an option to play up 5 numbers, straight, boxed or backup for $1.00 or 50 cents up to 10 times (10 separate tickets).

                            I play the Pick-3 straight multiple times and the clerks have never told me they could not pay off if it hits, but I don't expect a mini-mart or a drive-thru to have $2500 - $5000 or even $500 for one ticket. If you want to create a long line at a gas station mini-mart, just hand the clerk a winning Pick-3 straight ticket and watch them run it through the terminal without asking if they have enough money to pay. There is a Mom and Pop store that does a large lottery volume near me and if they don't have enough cash on hand, they will go next door to the bank during business hours.

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                              Posted: April 26, 2007, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

                              I hear you but when I was 16, I used to work at WAWA.  There is ALWAYS at least a clerk, and a manager on duty.  The MOD should be able to handle stuff like that if the clerk doesn't.  Also, this doesn't stop 7/11 or any other store from selling tickets.  I honestly think their excuse is pretty lame.

                              I'm betting it's a corporate problem because probably all the gas station mini-mart chains in Ohio sell lottery tickets.