Arkansas lottery prepares to have vending machines

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is planning to put 100 lottery ticket vending machines in large retail stores that don't want to sell tickets at their cash registers.

Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue (PASS-uh-lay) says the lottery is losing sales at "big box" retailers, where customers have to queue at a service desk to play the lottery. The lottery has ordered 100 of the machines.

Passailaigue says customers will have to swipe a driver license to verify the patron's age. He says he knows the system isn't foolproof, but he says fake IDs can trick a sales clerk, too.

Jerry Cox of the anti-lottery Arkansas Family Council says he wants the Legislature to ban the vending machines.

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