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Restrictions on Purchasing Scratcher Tickets-CA

Topic closed. 10 replies. Last post 7 years ago by Dollar419.

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Santa Ana
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Posted: July 28, 2009, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

This morning when went inside to purchasedgas around 6:30 am,   i.e. Arco Station inSanta Ana, there was a sign stating that you were not allowed to purchasescratcher tickets from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am and all of the scratcher ticketscovered up so that you could not ask for them during that time.   I just want to know if this is legitimate ornot—this seemed to be very odd since this might lower the lotto revenue comingin during that specific time frame from the purchase of all scratcher tickets.  

I guess certain lotto retail stores are allowed post restrictions/timelimits however, I have strong feeling that the District Office would be veryunhappy about this; do you think the District Office will allow him to not sell tickets during that specifictime? I know certain lotto retail stores have restrictions on redeeming ticketsa certain time but not purchasing them.

The reason I go to Arco is because the gas is cheaper and itsaves me a lot of time to buy tickets and gas at the same time. However, since theMobile Station across the street doesn’t have restrictions on selling tickets andbuying gas at the same time, I’ll go there from now on but will have to paymore money on gas!!

 Right now, I would like to hearif there are other lotto retail stores in other states that have restrictions in  purchasing scratcher tickets.

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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    Posted: July 28, 2009, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

    That is weird. I have never heard of a store having time restrictionsfor purchasing lottery tickets. I wonder why they would even do that?

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

      grandmadec's avatar - Lottery-018.jpg
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      Posted: July 28, 2009, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

      In Ohio the Ohio Lottery shuts the machines off at midnight so maybe a question of validating winners.

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        Dump Water Florida
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        Posted: July 28, 2009, 9:22 pm - IP Logged

        Unless other items were also cut off from sale, like we take no cash between 9 and 7 or there are some kind of local blue laws, it doesn't make sense.  If I cared I'd be on the phone to the lottery office reporting it.  Our market used to pretend the lottery machine was broken when they got busy, I reported the broken machine every time they pulled that bs on me till they stopped.


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          Posted: July 28, 2009, 10:26 pm - IP Logged

          My first thought was whoever works the night shift(s) either doesn't know how to run the lottery machine or doesn't want to be bothered with it.

          I would think if there were restrictions /timelimits it would be posted somewhere on CA's lottery website?

          I always bought my gas at Arco too......maybe find a different Arco station?

          In response to BobP.......yeah once I was in a mom/pop type store and a customer came in to buy lottery tickets. The guy behind the counter(not sure if he was part owner or not) told the customer the machine was broke.....simply because he didn't want to be bothered with that customer.

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            Posted: July 29, 2009, 2:26 am - IP Logged

            Unless there's some rule requiring them to sell the tickets any time that they're open for business (which seems like a sensible policy for the lottery to have), they would be free to limit sales  as they see fit. As for why they might do it I can think of two possibilities. One might be to reduce the number of winners who may want to cash in tickets at a time when the store may prefer to limit how much cash is accessible. The other would be if they don't want people staying around the store during the night. I could see both of those as part of a sensible security plan.

              Littleoldlady's avatar - basket
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              Posted: July 29, 2009, 11:21 am - IP Logged

              9:00 pm to 7:00 am is a long time span.  They should have said you can't redeem them during this time frame.  I am sure if the CA lottery knew this, they would be raising the roof.  Many folks buy their scratch tickets late before they go home and some folks buy them on the way to work..the lottery is losing a lot of revenue.

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                Posted: July 29, 2009, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

                I know most Lottery Terminals go offline between Midnight and 4 AM.  SO that means that no winners can be validated at that time.  I'm not sure why they stop sales at 9PM if the machines go off at 12...  Could be a safety thing.  In that case, I wouldn't blame the store.  Littleoldlady has a good point.  If the store were to post a sign that said validations are not allowed between 9-7...  There would be very little confusion and folks wouldn't be upset... Which is the likely reason for them NOT to sell between those times.  I can picture someone winning $100 buck at 1am coming in only to be told that they had to wait several hours before cashing in their prize.  Yeah, that is the likely reason.

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                  CowboysFan's avatar - Cowboys
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                  Posted: July 29, 2009, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

                  To all the other players that live in California, I was wondering if the manual machines that let you put punch in the numbers yourself have been out of order for quite some time or is just happening where I live. Those machines have been out of order for the most part for the last 4 months or so. Its been only on rare occasions that I walk in and they are working.

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                    Posted: July 30, 2009, 12:04 am - IP Logged

                    Did you bother to ask the clerk that night, or the manager the next day why they did this?

                    If it was me, I'd first ask the clerk. If he or she didn't know, ( which would be surprising to me) I'd ask the manager the next day or so.

                    When I said "surprising to me", I didn't mean that I would be surprised at inept clerks at the terminal, but rather surprised that if a manager tells a clerk that he or she must not deal with scratchers after 9:00, the clerk would most certainly, no matter how inept, feel compelled to ask the manager why, just for curiosity sakes if not for any other reason. I know I would.

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                      Posted: July 30, 2009, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

                      First of all, I want to thank all of the LP family forparticipating in this; all of the suggestions/opinions were very good. Thismorning, I finally called the District Office @ CA Lottery – Customer Service andasked the question about the restrictions and they said: 1) the lotto retailer-Arcoin Santa Ana shouldtry to sell as many scratchertickets while they are opened for business, which is 24/7.   However, 2) they are allowed to set a specific time to sell their scratcher tickets--doesthis make sense to you because it certainly doesn’t to me??? Perhaps this particularlotto retailer makes up the lotto sales during certain peak times in order tostop selling @ 9:00 pm - 7:00 am for whatever unknown reason. Unfortunately, hehas lost me as customer because I’m not going to waste my time driving aroundto buy my lotto and gas at two separate places when it is very convenient forme to purchase both at the same time, i.e. @ Shell, Mobile and Valero, etc.Roll Eyes


                      p.s. Just this week, a lucky lotto winner in Orange, CAwon over $342,000 from the Mega Millions from a local gas station!!!   Imagine if that particular gas station had certain restrictions!!!