|Posted: August 13, 2008, 9:20 pm - IP Logged|
I like the idea of getting rid of the self-serve machines. I've noticed quite a few retailers have switched over to the self-serve machines, and I've found it very hard to get paid out at a retailer.
Doc, I do see your view point on pay outs for the automated system. That is one of the negatives for such machines.
I am not a fan of them yet so very often if I am in a rush and the machine is available I use them. Beats standing behind a person who has 100 numbers that they must play in various orders and then decides to cash in some crinkled tickets that have to be manually entered. Trust me, I am NOT patient with players that seem to think they OWN the machine and can take all day.
The part that I do love is: 1: Alot of clerks at convenience stores must now use there OWN money to play the automated machines. No more scratching tickets and replenishing it after they hit. 2: No more employees calling each other to play that BIG number and paying back later that day when they come into work. 3: The machines place the buyer in full accountability of the numbers they pick! Thereby no *mistakes* in which a cashier would have to buy back. The bad side- tickets get jamed and you dont know if the instant tickets in the machines will get cut off midway thru the dispenser.
Scientific games won the contract and we need to bare with them during this transistion for our lottery system. And yes, they do control (thru the software) how quickpicks are relayed (distributed) to the public- The State Revenue only cares about the money part....