Purchasing Lottery Tickets with Debit Cards One Step Closer to Legality in AR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansans who don't carry cash could soon still be able to play the state's lottery.
 
The Senate approved a bill Monday that would allow retailers to accept debit cards for ticket purchases. 
 
Bishop Woosley, the director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said this keeps the Natural State relevant. Forty other states currently accept debit cards for lottery purchases. 
 
Several gas station owners expressed concerns the debit card's transaction fee would cancel out the ticket sale. 
 
"If a retailer wants to take it, they can, and if they don't, then we understand that as well," Woosley said. "We also say you can set a minimum purchase so that you don't get hurt by those transactional fees. We're trying our best to make everybody happy."
 
Since it's not mandatory, Woosley thinks the legislation has a good chance of passing the House as well.
 
He guessed this would lead to an increase in sales but said the lottery does not have a way of tracking debit card versus cash purchases. 

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