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Minnesota becomes first state to sell lottery tickets at gas pumps

GasBuddy Blog -- Is it the ultimate 'convenience' that a gas station/convenience store could offer?

In Minnesota they think so. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the state is now the first in the country to make buying tickets even faster, at gas pumps and ATMs.

With a debit card, driver's license and cellphone number, buyers can try their luck at a touch screen. The system is being piloted at nine gas stations and 19 ATMs in the Twin Cities, allowing people to buy quick-pick Powerball and Mega Millions tickets without going inside to a counter. Since October, about $5,260 worth of Powerball tickets have been sold that way.

"People are always in a hurry nowadays," said Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:52:35 AM

hopefully it won't drive gambling up...those who cannot afford to spend extra money are usually the ones who buy the lotto / powerball tickets.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:50:53 AM

at least in FL you can't buy lotto w/ plastic... YET...
blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 11:35:37 AM

wow, seems they are preying on the ill-informed.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 10:01:47 AM

Can California be far behind?
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 8:48:04 AM

They said it was coming.
bell05
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 7:20:52 AM

Old news.
Bill100
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 4:25:16 AM

Good for the state, bad for the consumer.
afghaned
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:57:40 AM

Next we'll have liqour vending machines at the pump!?,!
TheeRedRam
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:51:15 AM

Let's just put a big Vending machine next to the pumps.
fratt
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:50:54 AM

Old.
DrivingFool2
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:50:48 AM

Doh
SBlouch
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:50:21 AM

I guess they think it is progress but, I wish winning the lottery would be that easy.
Yetie
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:48:26 AM

What is this about and how will this affect gas prices?
pkhdonovan
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:41:34 AM

I don't agree with that
arb0526
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:35:35 AM

Can I get a double cheeseburger and a Pepsi with that?
jci25946
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:33:35 AM

Repost
twobroke61
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:32:27 AM

after buying gas who has any money left for lottery tickets
charg3rguy1991
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:31:49 AM

Thats odd since most stations profit is made on drinks & snacks.
wkb03
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:31:36 AM

Have to use cash to buy a ticket here.
granitestater
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:28:50 AM

Are these all qwik picks? Or can you pick the numbers?
madison8359
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:19:39 AM

If you' have any money left after paying for fuel go ahead.
DblChek
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:14:57 AM

So far, the only thing I've gotten less from than a lottery ticket was a traffic ticket.
SteveMartin
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:05:56 AM

Next they will be allowed to use their EBT cards (food stamp). They will claim it is their constitutional right.
hybridaholic
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:05:41 AM

And the wait for a gas line at your station gets longer and longer.
cheapertvs
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:04:24 AM

Neat! Gasoline prices?
JSX515
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:04:16 AM

old
Delight777
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:03:03 AM

old and old
yelobus
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:59:59 AM

Swell.
sleuth696
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:55:54 AM

They should expand beyond debit cards to include your welfare check so you can buy the lotto tickets
VB_Richard
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:54:17 AM

Ok, lets get started.
chuckwthompson
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:53:57 AM

Just take all their money!
D4444J
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:51:52 AM

still selling those tickets
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:40:16 AM

About time someone does it if you ask me.
Quick68
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:39:15 AM

The government knows that their is a sucker born every minute that is willing to give them their money.
jackson661
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:35:15 AM

ok
VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:34:00 AM

So you won't have to travel to a casino to gamble - how convenient. All things convenient at a convenience store and ATM. What's next?
gasandgoAL
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:33:25 AM

is this what is called betting on the future
findcheap
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:31:30 AM

Encouraging gambling. A few years ago it was illegal, until the gov decided it wanted a piece of the action.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:30:38 AM

an instant winner would help pay for a fill-up these days...
kd5kpd
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:29:04 AM

A way to get robbed twice!
DisMusBeDaPlaz
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:28:20 AM

Good for them....pushing innocent patrons to become gamblers!!
How more ethical can that be, and, where/what is the money being used for?
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:28:07 AM

What a way to increase the sale of lotto tickets.....
SteelPenny
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:20:37 AM

At the price of gas, it probably isn't selling too well.
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:20:16 AM

Another sign that this country is mimicking the Roman Empire and we are crumbling.
JENNYHK
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:19:27 AM

How nice.
SUSANCK
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:14:45 AM

ok.
tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:14:15 AM

Minnesota becomes first state to sell lottery tickets at gas pumps, good for the gas station selling the tickets, bad for the people that expect to win something. Lotteries are self imposed taxes and many many people buying tickets will win NOTHING! Leave the gas pump lines to selling high priced gas, everything else is for sale inside.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
Sam195
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:12:05 AM

I think this is a bad idea.
RAKARWOWSKI
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:09:54 AM

Minnesota the newest welfare state.
Pozole
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:08:21 AM

...desperation drama...
rosyLI
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:04:35 AM

Minnesota must be desperate for a buck.
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