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Posted: August 28, 2012, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

Is there a reason why stores like Walmart and Target don't sell lotto. I did see a scratch-off machine at Kmart.


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    Posted: August 28, 2012, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

    Is there a reason why stores like Walmart and Target don't sell lotto. I did see a scratch-off machine at Kmart.

    Good question. It might be something to do with the family owned business (Walmart) values that they have. I believe they are very religious people.

    As far as Target and Kmart.......What?

     

    I have seen lottery outlets in a chain of stores up this way called BJ'S (kind of like a Sam's Club).

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      Posted: August 28, 2012, 2:45 pm - IP Logged

      Is there a reason why stores like Walmart and Target don't sell lotto. I did see a scratch-off machine at Kmart.

      This is a really good question, and I used to know the answer to it.  It's been a while though, and I can't remember exactly.  It had something to do with the fact that all the stores are owned by one corporation, or maybe it was the small shop-owners not wanting the competition of the huge stores -- or some combination of those.

      It would be great to hear from a lottery official on this one, but I'm not sure how forthcoming they would feel they could be with the answer.  (Anything involving retailers can be a touchy subject.)

       

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        Posted: August 28, 2012, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

        I've always wondered about that my own self.


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          Posted: August 29, 2012, 3:04 pm - IP Logged

          They sell them at their little gas stations out front of the department stores..Murphy's USA and I don't know what Kmart's gas station is called.


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            They sell them at their little gas stations out front of the department stores..Murphy's USA and I don't know what Kmart's gas station is called.

            I think they call it the "Blue Light Special".

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              Posted: August 29, 2012, 3:50 pm - IP Logged

              I think they call it the "Blue Light Special".

              No, a blue light special is a short-term sale at KMart, but I think you probably knew that.

               

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                Posted: August 29, 2012, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

                Maybe somebody in Florida could tell us if this deal ever went through:  http://www.lotterypost.com/news/237125

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                  Posted: August 29, 2012, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

                  They sell lottery tickets(not just scratch offs) at KMart in Pennsylvania ( I'm not sure about Florida, becuase I haven't been in one for some time), I believe they are experimenting with selling lottery tickets in smaller Walmarts in Florida, or what is called a "Neighborhood Market " Walmart

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                    Posted: August 29, 2012, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

                    Is there a reason why stores like Walmart and Target don't sell lotto. I did see a scratch-off machine at Kmart.

                    In Ohio, Meijer a competitor of K-Mart and Wal-Mart sells them.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: August 29, 2012, 7:05 pm - IP Logged

                      In Idaho I was in a state-owned likker store and on the counter was a big place mat looking thing advertising the state-owned lottery.  So I asked for a ticket.  He said we can't sell tickets because there is already another lottery retailer in this strip mall.  They don't like having too many retailers too close together.

                      Okay.  You can advertise for them but they won't let you sell their product.

                      So a year or two later, I'm in a different strip mall.  I go to Honk's dollar store and there's a vending machine.  Head to the likker store 2 doors down (no, I really don't drink that much) and there's another machine.  Hmmm.   I go in the Albertsons 3 doors from the likker store and there's another machine, plus the customer service counter sells the online tickets.

                      Really makes no rhyme nor reason.  It IS the government, after all.


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                        Posted: August 29, 2012, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

                        In Idaho I was in a state-owned likker store and on the counter was a big place mat looking thing advertising the state-owned lottery.  So I asked for a ticket.  He said we can't sell tickets because there is already another lottery retailer in this strip mall.  They don't like having too many retailers too close together.

                        Okay.  You can advertise for them but they won't let you sell their product.

                        So a year or two later, I'm in a different strip mall.  I go to Honk's dollar store and there's a vending machine.  Head to the likker store 2 doors down (no, I really don't drink that much) and there's another machine.  Hmmm.   I go in the Albertsons 3 doors from the likker store and there's another machine, plus the customer service counter sells the online tickets.

                        Really makes no rhyme nor reason.  It IS the government, after all.

                        Ideally, they would like to have a vending machine in every store and every household. In sales that is known as saturation.

                        Kind of like a small sponge, trying to soak up a gallon of spilled Jack Daniels, at one of their state liquor stores.  Cheers

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                          Posted: August 29, 2012, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

                          Is there a reason why stores like Walmart and Target don't sell lotto. I did see a scratch-off machine at Kmart.

                          maybe they veiw the profit margin as to slim,

                          c-stores veiw lottery as traffic builder.

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