Bill could allow lottery tickets to be purchased with debit cards

Lottery sales bill
Updated: Mar. 12, 2017 at 5:37 PM CDT
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(KAIT) - A bill that cleared a Senate committee last week could bring changes in the way lottery tickets can be purchased.

The bill, Senate Bill 617, would allow stores to decide whether customers could use debit cards as a form of payment for lottery tickets.

The bill would still not allow customers to pay with forms of deferred payment, such as credit cards.

A Paragould Dodge Store employee said if the bill becomes a law, it would make her job easier.

"We get a lot of customers that come in and want to buy lottery tickets, but then when they find out that they have to use cash they just walk out," said Hope Luttrell.

Luttrell says since most people use debit cards over cash the store could make more money, if the bill passes.

"I hope it does pass for the Dodge Store because it will help without sales," she said.  "Everybody carries a card now."

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, is set to be debated Monday in the state Senate.

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