Skip The Counter: NC To Buy Lottery Machines

The North Carolina Lottery Commission has agreed to order up to 550 vending machines to sell more than instant tickets.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the commission agreed Tuesday to order machines that sell scratch-off tickets and tickets for the state's three-, four- and five-digit drawings and the multistate Powerball game.

Grocery stores across the state already have the machines that sell instant tickets. Officials hope the new machines will get more national chains to sell tickets.

The company that handles logistics for the state's games will provide the $20,000 machines, as well as 3,200 new terminals for retail establishments. In exchange, the lottery will extend its contract with GTECH by four years to 2017.

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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 22, 2009 at 01:32 AM
    I don't care where the money is supposed to go. Education is not a high priority on my list. I just wanna win a sizable jackpot, pay all my taxes, and live my life like I want.Rather not have it go to education since I can't get a grant to college from it.
  • by Big Al Location: NC on Aug 21, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Machines with credit card readers!? People can now take their entire paycheck and waste away their hard earned dollars for a pipe dream. Credit card readers would place them so far into debt, they would drown. I saw recently where only 35% of the lottery dollars actually goes to education in NC. Remove "Education" from the state lottery. It's just a way to further con people into thinking they are actually doing something good by purchasing lottery tickets.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    The machines would be a great help and time saver. The real time saver and money maker would be let people use debit/credit cards to make lottery purchases. I would purchase more tickets, because I rarely carry cash. Maybe they will make the machines with credit card readers.
  • by mom Location: pitt co. on Aug 19, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    I am SO totally opposed to using gambling money to give the legislature a slush fund that if ANY business uses these machines or in any way sells state lottery tickets, I am never going in there again.
  • by Just One Question Location: Washington on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    Just one question. Will the vending machine be prosecuted for selling tickets to minors?
  • by just a person Location: goldsboro on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    I have seen a few lottery machines,and I was wondering what is keeping kids from buying the tickets? Isnt that why we did away with those machines that sold cigs? how is this regulated?
  • by yet on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    I agree sometimes you have to spend money to make money. At the same time, under tough circumstances, you have to determine where is the best/most effective place to spend that money. Our kids are being put 'on hold'...sent to schools with no supply money, overcrowded classrooms, and underqualified teachers (because those most qualified are leaving the classrooms and the non-professional salaries are not drawing in our best and brightest) in hopes of making more money later? What if it is a bust? What if the machines don't bring in significant sales? Then we've wasted our money, and our kids have lost precious time and resources. We should directly invest in the kids; wait until there is more money available to gamble it on possibilities.
  • by hold on Location: g on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Well you do make a valid point there. But I disagree, You have to spend money to make money. If the machines are placed in more widely used stores more people will use the machines and that will supply the Education lottery with more money. The only thing now is to make sure Purdue uses the money towards education and not something she sees fit.
  • by wait... on Aug 19, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    we're freezing salaries for educators, severely limiting school supply money, cutting out field trips due to no funds, and making other significant cuts in EDUCATION, but we've got money to spend on machines for the EDUCATION lottery? Hmmmm...

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