why do you have to pay cash for lottery tickets
Earlier today, I was at a Speedway gas station and the woman practically yelled at me because I wanted to pay for 5 Powerball tickets with my debit card (it's a MasterCard). She said that was against state law (in Indiana) to buy lottery tickets via non-cash transactions. Here is how the whole story goes: I went into the Speedway and asked for 5 Powerball tickets (for $5). The woman gladly printed all 5 tickets out for me. I took out my debit card and she said that I couldn't pay that way. So, I then took at my wallet and all the money I had was $4. I told her that was all the money I had and then she promptly pulled the tickets off the counter. After that happened, I just left the store very frustrated. I was thinking to myself if by some chance one of those tickets where winners, I would then be out of all that money and that the clerk could possibly cash in the winning ticket.
In my opinion, I think a person should be allowed to pay for the Powerball tickets before they are even printed out to avoid disputes (like mine). I still don't understand why the state requires all lotto tickets to be bought via cash only. I'm surprised that the state doesn't realize that more people use debit cards/credit cards these days than actual cash. Does anyone else have a opinion on this?
People can now use debit and credit cards to purchase lottery tickets at nine Smoker's Express stores in the Harrisburg area as part of a new payment trial. The is testing out the financial viability of allowing people to use credit and debit cards to purchase draw and instant lottery tickets. The test, which started this week, is the result of an ever-growing population of Pennsylvanians that don't carry cash and can't play the. "We've been hearing from Lottery players for years asking for an electronic payment option," said. "Consumers, increasingly, are using electronic payment for all types of retail purchases. " In one study, Miller said, it was found that 60 percent of people carried less than $20 in cash and 18 percent carried no cash at all. "That leaves very few consumers walking around with cash to play the Lottery," he said.
While retailers have traditionally only accepted cash for ticket payments, Miller said it is up to each individual retailer to determine what forms of payment they will accept in Pennsylvania. A number of stores -- not just the nine Smoker's Express shops -- already accept credit and debit cards for lottery tickets. One of the benefits of only allowing customers to purchase lottery tickets with cash, is that people are not able to buy tickets on credit with money they don't have.
The cash requirement has served as a safeguard. Miller said he hopes that people will continue to play responsibly with the additional payment option. "We want people to play responsibly. By that we mean use only their discretionary income," Miller said. "Part of the test is to see how consumers are playing. It's not really our place to tell people what constitutes responsible play because it may mean something different to every player. But every player has thought about what it means to them. " Miller said the timeline for the test is open ended. At some point, Lottery officials will look at the results of the test and determine the future of credit and debit card payments for the Pa. Lottery.
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