Pa. makes lottery sales more convenient

    Pennsylvania just made it easier to spend money on lottery tickets. Self-service machines dispensing scratch-off tickets are now in 68 Wawa convenience stores across the state.

    A string band, a dancing Wawa goose and trays of free “Rendeli” hoagies helped usher in the new lottery machines. Gov. Ed Rendell said Wawa alone will generate $37 million dollars in lottery sales — that’s about $11 million dollars in profits for the state.

    “When it’s easier to play, more people play, it’s as simple as that. And these are high-traffic stores, as you know,” said Rendell during a stop at a Wawa at 10th and Arch in Philadelphia yesterday. “And people have a tendency in a high-traffic store …  they see the machine, they know it’s a scratch-off , so they play.”

    Some say lottery tickets are the poor people’s tax. But Rendell said there’s no down side to the program, which helps fund health care for senior citizens.

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    Wawa expects to have the machines at all 210 stores by spring.

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