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Lotto might sell tickets in big-box stores

Posted May 23, 2008

N.C. Education Lottery

— Lottery officials say they might be placing new vending machines in big-box stores such as Target and Wal-Mart.

The new budget for the North Carolina Education Lottery includes more than $2 million to buy ticket vending machines.

Officials said they would like to place many of those machines in large retail stores, which they described as an untapped market.

Large retailers have backed away from the lottery in the past, because they do not want their employees to get tied up selling lottery tickets.

Lottery officials, though, said vending machines should take care of that  concern.


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  • davidgnews May 23, 2008

    This "agency" is like a cancer.

  • foetine May 23, 2008

    how about putting them in every state building? Why not have them in the DMV? It's all for education - and an indoor pool to a certain lottery executive

  • denverbob234 May 23, 2008

    anywhere they can make a buck off someone. Next they will be trying to put them in churches and daycares.

  • shine May 23, 2008

    Who is going to assist when the machine doesn't work and give you your ticket... could have been the winning number. This is not a good idea. It will create more problems than it would be accounted for.

  • colliedave May 23, 2008

    Only will work in the less-affluent areas of towns. Not going to see them in places such as Wellspring, Fresh Market, and Neiman-Marcus. They know the lottery is a tax on the poor and the stupid.

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 23, 2008

    How about in the truck stop bathroom right there next to the Polo and condom dispenser?

  • foetine May 23, 2008

    how about putting lottery ticket machines in plasma centers?