Bill would permit Lotto, Powerball, etc., to be sold from vending machines

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The Senate Regulated Industries Committee approved a bill Thursday that would allow lottery players to buy tickets for Lotto, Powerball and similar games from vending machines, reports the News Service of Florida. Currently, the Florida Lottery only is allowed to sell scratch-off tickets in vending machines, which are located at retailers across the state. But SB 902, which the Regulated Industries Committee unanimously approved, would allow vending-machine sales of what are known as “online” games, such as Lotto, Powerball, Mega Money and Fantasy 5. The change could eventually lead to the state collecting an additional $21 million a year, with the money going to education, according to a Senate staff analysis.

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