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Why do some States Lottery Websites list retailers/others not?

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Posted: May 6, 2011, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

Was very curious. Say I was going to take a trip to Bridgeport CT and wanted to buy a ticket. Where the heck could I? LOL. It's harder to find then a needle in a haystack,I swear!

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    I don't know the answer to your question, but I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to find a place selling them as most every gas station sells them. I've only been to two here and only one of them was owned by a larger business/corporation (Flying J, which I'm sure others sell them around here). The only issue I've really had that required a lookup online was finding places that sold certain scratch-offs.

     

    Also Connecticuit's site does list lottery retailers. It's the first question in the FAQs section and while the default page only shows major locations ("high-tier claim centers") the left side of the page allows you to search by Town, Zip Code or County. I actually missed that option at first.

    http://www.ctlottery.org/Modules/Locations/default.aspx


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      Was very curious. Say I was going to take a trip to Bridgeport CT and wanted to buy a ticket. Where the heck could I? LOL. It's harder to find then a needle in a haystack,I swear!

      Why would you need a list of retailers that sold tickets? Just about every gas station sells lottery tickets.

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        I don't know the answer to your question, but I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to find a place selling them as most every gas station sells them. I've only been to two here and only one of them was owned by a larger business/corporation (Flying J, which I'm sure others sell them around here). The only issue I've really had that required a lookup online was finding places that sold certain scratch-offs.

         

        Also Connecticuit's site does list lottery retailers. It's the first question in the FAQs section and while the default page only shows major locations ("high-tier claim centers") the left side of the page allows you to search by Town, Zip Code or County. I actually missed that option at first.

        http://www.ctlottery.org/Modules/Locations/default.aspx

        Hey thanks a bunch...don't know how I missed that! You've been very helpful,thanks again :)

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          Hey thanks a bunch...don't know how I missed that! You've been very helpful,thanks again :)

          I agree with you lottolaughs.  It probably isn't a problem some places and probably is others.  I don't often buy lottery tickets, but when I want to buy one I usually want to with determination.  I was in Fredericksburg, Texas a few months ago coincidentally at a time when I wanted to buy a pick 3 ticket.  Fredericksburg is the next-nearest town to where I am, but I don't go there often because of the next-nearest status.  After I finished my other business I started looking for a place to buy a Pick 3 ticket.... made several stops at convenience stores and came up zip.  Finally gave up and headed toward home without a ticket, stopped at a roadhouse/liquer store about midway back and they didn't sell them either.  Harper, the last village on the way back finally coughed up a ticket.  But I thought to myself at the time it was a lot of trouble to go to for the potential of a $40 win.

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            Hey thanks a bunch...don't know how I missed that! You've been very helpful,thanks again :)

            Maybe Todd will Publish a Lottery Retailer Directory... Thud

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              I agree with you lottolaughs.  It probably isn't a problem some places and probably is others.  I don't often buy lottery tickets, but when I want to buy one I usually want to with determination.  I was in Fredericksburg, Texas a few months ago coincidentally at a time when I wanted to buy a pick 3 ticket.  Fredericksburg is the next-nearest town to where I am, but I don't go there often because of the next-nearest status.  After I finished my other business I started looking for a place to buy a Pick 3 ticket.... made several stops at convenience stores and came up zip.  Finally gave up and headed toward home without a ticket, stopped at a roadhouse/liquer store about midway back and they didn't sell them either.  Harper, the last village on the way back finally coughed up a ticket.  But I thought to myself at the time it was a lot of trouble to go to for the potential of a $40 win.

              Wow. I'm really surprised at that. I live in the DFW area, and just about every C-store, liquor store, and grocery store sells lottery tickets. My daughter goes to college in San Marcos, and it's the same there.

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                Wow. I'm really surprised at that. I live in the DFW area, and just about every C-store, liquor store, and grocery store sells lottery tickets. My daughter goes to college in San Marcos, and it's the same there.

                Was it worth the trouble to get your tic?

                Hi rcbbuckeye:  Yeah, I was surprised, myself.  But Fredericksburg is one of those 'discovered' Hill Country communities.  Wall-to-wall city people out for a visit to how this part of Texas would have looked 60-70 years ago if people had been preoccupied with what a neat little place they lived in and how quaintly German they were.  You can get 87 varieties of ice cream and pay a hundred bucks for some broken hand made doodad for stretching a fence, but I suppose the weekenders buy their lottery tickets back where they came from. 

                The dominant chain of convenience stores don't carry them.  No market for framed paintings of falling-down ranch houses surrounded by bluebonnets painted on failed quickpicks I'd imagine.

                Once I've bought a ticket I always figure afterward it was worth the trouble doing it.  Otherwise I wouldn't have bothered.

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                  I'm surprised at the sitch in TX too.  They didn't have a lottery when I lived there, but I'd think every toot 'n totem and other c-stores would sell them.

                  Here in Idaho there used to be a small regional chain of c-stores that didn't have them but they started selling them a few years ago.  Now all c-stores, tobacco stores, liquor stores and grocery stores have them.

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                    Why would you need a list of retailers that sold tickets? Just about every gas station sells lottery tickets.

                    Because  every retailer on the list sells tickets, as opposed to most gas stations or convenience stores. Of places that do sell tickets, some make it very obvious and some seem to think it's top secret information.  Why hunt around in your car when a useful website would offer the information in 30 seconds? Why drive miles down a main highway searching for a store in an area you don't know well, when there's a retailer 1/4 mile down a minor side street? Several years sback, when PB hit 365 million I happened to be going to Vermont, so I popped over to New Hampshire to buy some tickets. If I'd just picked a spot at random I might have had to drive several miles before finding the first store, whether they sold tickets or not. Since NH's website listed retailers I was able to find one that was only 1/4 mile past the river.

                    The state lotteries already have all the information, so it's doesn't take much effort to make it available.

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                      Because  every retailer on the list sells tickets, as opposed to most gas stations or convenience stores. Of places that do sell tickets, some make it very obvious and some seem to think it's top secret information.  Why hunt around in your car when a useful website would offer the information in 30 seconds? Why drive miles down a main highway searching for a store in an area you don't know well, when there's a retailer 1/4 mile down a minor side street? Several years sback, when PB hit 365 million I happened to be going to Vermont, so I popped over to New Hampshire to buy some tickets. If I'd just picked a spot at random I might have had to drive several miles before finding the first store, whether they sold tickets or not. Since NH's website listed retailers I was able to find one that was only 1/4 mile past the river.

                      The state lotteries already have all the information, so it's doesn't take much effort to make it available.

                      Back then when only a few states sold PB or MM exclusively, when ever I drove to Indiana and the PB jackpot was over $200M I could tell where PB tickets were being sold by the lines of people standing outside waiting to get in to buy them.  Had I traveled farther in state that might not had been the case.

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                        Because  every retailer on the list sells tickets, as opposed to most gas stations or convenience stores. Of places that do sell tickets, some make it very obvious and some seem to think it's top secret information.  Why hunt around in your car when a useful website would offer the information in 30 seconds? Why drive miles down a main highway searching for a store in an area you don't know well, when there's a retailer 1/4 mile down a minor side street? Several years sback, when PB hit 365 million I happened to be going to Vermont, so I popped over to New Hampshire to buy some tickets. If I'd just picked a spot at random I might have had to drive several miles before finding the first store, whether they sold tickets or not. Since NH's website listed retailers I was able to find one that was only 1/4 mile past the river.

                        The state lotteries already have all the information, so it's doesn't take much effort to make it available.

                        I just thought every state was like Florida where I live now. 99% of the gas stations, liquor stores and supermarkets sell tickets.

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                          The State of New York has Lotto for sale everywhere you look.  Last I heard there were over 16,000 retailers and the list was growing. 

                          There was a time when if the guy a block down the street sold Lotto, a deli owner applying to sell lottery tickets had their application denied due to what N.Y. State called "saturation".  (Too many terminals in close proximity to each other.) No more, that policy went the way of the wind. 

                          New York has a retailer locator on their website, but LL, why in the world would you want to go to BRIDGEPORT?????   I have a daughter that goes to college in Fairfield, which is right next door to Bridgeport, and.... well, you get the idea I'm sure! 

                          Actually, BP has some very worthwhile attractions.  Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard springs to mind right away!  Venue's cant and dont come better than that!

                          About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!