IBJNews

Hoosier Lottery expanding ticket-selling hours

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The private operator of the Hoosier Lottery is expanding the hours that convenience stores and other outlets can sell lottery tickets, a change that allows those sales to continue late into the night.

The Hoosier Lottery has traditionally shut down the terminals retailers use to sell lottery tickets between 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. But starting Sunday, those terminals will run until 2 a.m. and be turned back on at 3:30 a.m.

Hoosier Lottery executive director Karl Browning told The Indianapolis Star the expanded hours are the result of a new computer system provided by Gtech Corp., the company that won a contract in October to take over the lottery's day-to-day management operations.

Lottery vendor Scientific Games had provided the lottery terminals, but Gtech — the Rhode Island-based subsidiary of Italian company Lottomatica Group — has replaced Scientific Games' terminals with its new system.

"They have a much more modern system, and it doesn't require as much down time," Browning said.

Gtech's contract with the lottery requires it to dramatically boost revenue for the state, an average of an additional $100 million a year over the next five years.

The expanded terminal hours will allow some second-shift workers an opportunity to buy a ticket on their way home. But Browning said the expanded hours are not expected to play a significant role in boosting income.

"It's about customer convenience rather than sales," he said.

Browning also said store owners will ultimately decide the hours when they sell tickets.

"We have no more right to tell them to stay open than Coca-Cola does," he said.

Greenfield resident Mark Hine, 53, said there have been some times when he wanted to buy a lottery ticket but could not because the terminals were shut down.

"In the past, knowing there was a cutoff time, I might not bother," he told The Star.

Lottery critics, however, see the additional hours as the latest expansion of gambling and the problems it brings.

"Anytime you increase gambling, you're going to increase the opportunity for problem gambling," said Janet Jacobs, director of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church's Gambling Recovery Ministries.

The lottery has been pushing to increase the number of retailers who sell lottery tickets and it recently launched a new advertising campaign that's drawn complaints by critics that the campaign is more aggressive.

Indiana's lottery revenues are used to reduce motor vehicle taxes and to fund pension and retirement funds for teachers, police and firefighters.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

ADVERTISEMENT