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New Lottery Payment Options Helping To Move Product Into 21st Century

Drew Svitko seems like he has a heart for the state’s older citizens who benefit from lottery proceeds.

The Pennsylvania Lottery executive director announced via a press release this past week that the lottery has added debit card and mobile payment options to the state’s touch-screen, self-serve vending machines.

“Just like any business, the Pennsylvania Lottery wants to make it easy for customers to make purchases in a way they find convenient,” Svitko said. “The older Pennsylvanians who benefit from Lottery sales are counting on us to modernize and stay competitive in an evolving retail environment.”

Google Pay, Apply pay among new payments options

The new payment options include PIN-based debit card transactions, Google Pay, and Apple Pay, all of which will make it easier for customers to pay for their lottery games.

According to the press release, the new payment methods are active at more than 400 lottery terminals and 2,100 sales counters across the state.

Google Pay and Apple Pay allow users to link to debit cards, bank accounts, and credit cards. Currently, businesses who sell lottery games are allowed to accept credit card payments if they’d like.

The press release did not indicate if businesses that don’t accept credit would accept mobile payments linked to credit cards.

In addition to mobile and debit payments, lottery enthusiasts can also use NFC “tap and pay” technology too.

Svitko referenced unnamed research that said many people carry less than $20 in their wallet.

Even though players have more options to pay — including credit — Svitko urged people to play responsibly and within their means.

Where the money goes when gambled

According to the PA Lottery, every dollar that’s spent on lottery games is split four ways:

  • Winning tickets
  • State programs
  • Retailer and vendor commissions
  • Operating costs

Winning tickets account for $0.60 of every dollar, while state programs receive $0.26.

Those state programs include:

  • Rebates for property tax and rent
  • Reduced-rate and free transportation services
  • PACE and PACENET reduced-cost prescription programs
  • Care programs
  • More than 50 local-area Agencies on Aging

The PA Lottery says that, since the lottery launched in 1972, they’ve donated more than$27 billion to these programs.

Payment expansion is latest move toward modernization

As the PA Lottery moves closer to the implementation of online lottery games that can be purchased and played through terminals in businesses across the state, the new announcement about multiple payment methods is another indication that the lottery is serious about making their products accessible and modern.

What is not known is how people will be able to pay for those iLottery terminals. The organization has yet to release details about the exact type of payments that can be used.

Instant win, Keno, and virtual sports are at least three types of lottery games that may be available in the future for online purchase.

Early timelines indicated that virtual sports would launch in June while the other games would be available in May. However, the PA Lottery has indicated that exactly how those game would be available is not set in stone.

This past week the Pennsylvania Lottery announced that more 400 of their self-service, touchscreen vending machines will accept debit card and mobile payments. NFC payments are accepted at certain locations, too.

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The Pennsylvania Lottery
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Phone: (717) 702-8000
Fax: (717) 702-8024
Population: 12,604,767
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Executive Director : Drew Svitko
Year Lottery Founded: March 1972
Sales FY 2016: $4,135,164,810
Sales Per Capita: $248
Number of Employees: 230
On-line Vendor: N/A
Retailers: 9,074
Player Activated Terminals (IGPATs): Interlott Technologies, Inc.
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
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Games Offered: Instant Games, Daily Number, Big 4, Quinto, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Mix N Match, Mega Millions, Powerball, MillionAir Raffle,
Proceeds: Older Pennsylvanians: Property Tax/Rent Rebate, Pharmaceutical Assistance, mass transit fares.

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The Pennsylvania Lottery was established by the legislature in August 1971. Ticket sales began March 7, 1972, with a 50-cent passive game featuring weekly drawings and a $1 million grand prize. By the end of the first fiscal year, the Lottery’s $57.7 million in revenues were nearly double the original projection.
The first instant game was introduced in May 1975. Nearly two years later, a numbers game makes its debut when the 3-digit The Daily Number went on sale in March 1977. Big 4 joined the lineup in November 1980. The weekly passive games ended in April 1982, when the Lottery introduced Pennsylvania Lotto.
Currently, the Pennsylvania Lottery offers a number of draw games, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Match 6, Cash 5, Treasure Hunt, Daily Number, Big 4 and Quinto.
No stranger to innovation, the Lottery had great success with Super 7, the first game of its type in the country when introduced in 1986. Originally, players matched seven of 11 numbers to win the jackpot, which reached $115.5 million in 1989, still a state record for a Pennsylvania-only game. The Lottery was also first with a modern-day raffle game, which many lotteries have used with great success. Millionaire Raffle tickets sold out in less than two weeks for the first run in 2005.
The Pennsylvania Lottery was created to generate funds to benefit programs for the Commonwealth’s older residents, and remains the only lottery in the country exclusively benefitting seniors.
Initially, Lottery proceeds provided property tax relief for Pennsylvania seniors. Over the years the Lottery-funded programs have grown to include rent rebates, free and reduced-fare transit, the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET, longterm living services, and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including more than 600 full- and part-time senior centers across Pennsylvania.

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July 20, 2016 Pennsylvania Lawmakers Subject Lottery Winnings to State Income Tax
June 28, 2016 Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Passes Full House Vote
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