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N.C. lottery expands vending machine use

Posted August 18, 2009

North Carolina Education Lottery Commission officials are hoping a new deal that will allow players to purchase Powerball and other game tickets from vending machines will help extend the lottery’s reach into more retail chain stores, like Walmart.

The deal was made on Tuesday with GTECH Corp., which runs ticket printing and logistics for the state lottery. GTECH will provide the extra machines at no charge, in exchange for the state extending their contract with the company for four more years.

The machines would have cost up to $20 million, officials said.

GTECH is paid a percentage of total lottery sales for its services.

N.C. Education Lottery State lottery adds more vending machines

Currently stores like Walmart do not sell lottery tickets, but Lottery Director Tom Shaheen said the new machines should make it easier to expand sales into larger retail stores.

“These machines will be more customer friendly,” Shaheen said.

Shaheen said the first round of new vending machines will likely appear in stores next spring.

Players will insert their drivers license into the machines to prove they are 18 years or older. Players will pay for the tickets at the machine.

In addition to Powerball, the machines will also sell tickets for games that pick three, four and five numbers.

The vending machines will be similar to those already used to sell scratch-off lottery tickets. Those machines were launched in 2007.

Proceeds from the state lottery are divided as follows:

  • Retailers receive a 7 percent commission for selling tickets.
  • Up to 8 percent may be spent on administration.
  • At least 50 percent is paid out in prizes
  • About 35 percent is transferred to the Education Lottery Fund at the Office of State Budget and Management for specific programs.

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  • OLD PIRATE 2 Aug 19, 2009

    They won't put them in stores that have supported them to this date.

  • 68_polara Aug 19, 2009

    "The beauty of living in a free society."

    It's only legal to gamble in this state if the state has it's hand in the kitty, that's certainly has nothing to do with a free society in fact it spells out the exact opposite.

  • foetine Aug 18, 2009

    Wal-mart doesn't allow lottery tickets to be sold in their stores. Shaheen should be mentioning them as the target for these new machines as if somehow they are a willing partner in other states. He might as well talk about putting lottery ticket machines at Disney World.

    And I think it is unfair that the Lottery stake winners to the World Series of Poker, but I can't legally play Poker in NC.

  • james27613 Aug 18, 2009

    Lottery Dir. struck a 'deal'...

    What happened to competitive bidding ?

  • George Costanza Aug 18, 2009

    gee now governor perdue will have even more money to steal from the NC "education" lottery.

  • yellow_hat Aug 18, 2009

    This is the only tax that the payers willingly volunteer to fork over the cash - I am all for it.

  • anneonymousone Aug 18, 2009

    HA! Ironic bad punctuation on my part. It would have read better this way, "So many opportunities to make a buck---wasted."

  • scientistjo Aug 18, 2009

    "Note: Lottery tickets are not sold at BMW dealerships or country clubs. Hmmm... wonder why?" -anneonymousone

    They don't sell them at used car dealerships or the YMCA either. They're selling them at retail stores and gas stations...not churches, not schools, etc. Please, don't play the lottery if it offends you.

  • IzzMad2016 Aug 18, 2009

    Not sure comparing crack to playing the lottery isn't a bit of a stretch, but OK....whatever floats your boat. I've never done crack but I have played the lottery.....both by choice. The beauty of living in a free society.

  • anneonymousone Aug 18, 2009

    Foetine, you left out preschools, offices of the department of social services, funeral homes, in line at the DMV, heck, they could have drive-through machines set up especially for rush-hour traffic on I-40!

    So many opportunities to make a buck wasted.

    (Note: Lottery tickets are not sold at BMW dealerships or country clubs. Hmmm... wonder why?)