Lottery machines may soon have age verification

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – With competition coming from casino gambling, the Massachusetts State Lottery is looking to make some changes. One of those changes would close a loop-hole that allows under age players to buy lottery tickets.

Get ready for a new look for those self-serve vending machines that dispense lottery tickets at supermarkets and bars. The state lottery is considering the installation of 8,500 new machines. Those new machines would include an age verification feature.

Right now, these machines take your money and dispense your ticket, but no one is checking the player’s age.

“I think it would be a great idea, kids can buy tickets now if nobody is looking. So if you add a license scanner then it will prevent any chance of them buying them illegally” said Patrick Tying of Chicopee.

Massachusetts is the only state in the nation to use lottery machines from the 1990’s, however the state does have one of the most successful lottery programs. Massachusetts residents spent, on average, $736 on lottery games last year. That’s more than any other state. The state distributed $974,000,000 in local aid to cities and towns last year.

“It doesn’t seem like a good idea, I think we could use the resources elsewhere. I would think it would be hard to micromanage people using that. I would rather see our state use money in other avenues” said Richard Facchini of Springfield.

These machines process nearly 5 billion dollars in bets a year. Lottery officials hope the new technology will help them hang on to loyal customers even after the new casino has opened.

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