Pa. to test liquor sales in wine vending machines

    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is close to rolling out a pilot program to allow sales of hard liquor at wine vending kiosks inside grocery stores.

    WGAL-TV reports that the agency plans to test the sales in about five or 10 locations, possibly starting in the next few weeks.

    The station says some of the few dozen machines now operating are selling only a couple of bottles per day.

    PLCB spokeswoman Stacey Witalec says officials haven’t yet decided which hard-liquor products will be available through the vending machines.

    The machines require buyers to swipe their identification and breathe into a sensor to make sure they’re old enough and sober enough to purchase alcohol.

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