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Expanded Gambling Coming To Arkansas In Form Of Lottery Machines

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Waiting in long lines to pick out scratch off lottery gambling tickets must have been a burden to millions of people across the US because lawmakers around the country are responding. Arkansas will soon become the latest state to add lottery vending machines to their gaming options.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission finalized rules this past week that will allow 100 retail locations to begin selling lottery gambling tickets through vending machines. The plan has developed a lot of criticism, and opponents are committed to ensure that the machines never get to stores.

At issue is whether or not the vending machines are legal under Arkansas law. Among the criticism of the vending machines is the ability of underage gamblers to access the machines. Without proper oversight, the lottery tickets could end up in the hands of minors.

To combat that issue, the Commission approved rules that would make the purchaser use government issued identification cards to buy the lottery tickets from the machines. The machines must also be placed in a location where a store employee can see the action at the machines in clear view.

Several other states have already implemented the vending machine plan. In Florida, the lottery has placed the machines in Publix supermarkets throughout the state, and the response from gamblers has been strong. It is estimated that millions of dollars will be raised by adding the machines.

Vending machines and actual slot machines have been popular additions by state governments looking to increase revenue. The economic recession has left large budget deficits in many states, and expanding gambling is looked upon as a way to increase revenue and help bridge the budget gaps.

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