September 18, 2015 4:29 pm
Updated: September 21, 2015 10:00 am

Scratch ticket vending machines coming to Alberta

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CALGARY – The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) will soon be giving Albertans another way to purchase scratch tickets.

They’ll be available in 20 Instant Ticket Vending Machines in Calgary and Edmonton.

The machines will be tested in a one-year pilot, to see how Albertans 18 and over respond to the self-serve technology.

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“The AGLC’s job is to ensure Albertans have the best options to consider when spending their entertainment dollar,” said Bill Robinson, president and CEO of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve gaming offerings in the province while being mindful of our commitment to integrity and social responsibility,” he added.

The cash-only machines will be located in casinos and gaming entertainment centres, and they will be installed from Sept. 21 to Oct. 9, 2015.

People using the machines will first have to scan the barcode on their driver’s licence to prove they are 18 years or older.

The machines will not retain information about the purchaser.

Tickets from $1 to $30 will be available.

After the one-year pilot period, the machines will be evaluated to determine whether they should continue and possibly be expanded, or removed altogether.

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