Scott signs lottery vending machine bill

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed legislation (HB 843) authorizing the Department of Lottery to lease vending machines that will dispense online lottery tickets, instant tickets or both. Backers said the bill would increase sales – and could bring in $8.1 million in additional revenue next year, and possibly $21 million in additional income for education in the following year.

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