Nebraska Lottery Vending Machines Get Retailers' Support, Opposition from Anti-Gambling Groups
A proposal to allow vending machines to sell state lottery tickets in Nebraska is supported by retailers, but opposed by anti-gambling groups.
A legislative proposal in Nebraska to allow the sales of state lottery tickets through vending machines has garnered support from retailers, but opposition from anti-gambling groups who view it as an expansion of gaming in the state.
Nebraska and South Carolina are the only states that do not use vending machines to process lottery ticket sales. Supporters argue that this would free up labor at stores, while bar codes on driver's licenses can be used to verify age eligibility.
Since 1993, $908 million from state lottery sales has been distributed to fund education, the Environmental Trust, the Nebraska State Fair, and a program to combat harmful gambling.
Meanwhile, a bill that sought to delay a required market study on the impact of gambling expansion in the state was blocked by advocates of expanded gambling.