Lottery Vending Machines Now Available at Select Retailers
With the new year, the Lottery is looking to new technology to help increase its retail presence. Self-serve vending machines called WinStations are being deployed on a very limited basis in select retail locations. WinStations are a tool to increase overall Lottery sales by expanding product awareness and availability while adding to player convenience. To begin with, 20 locations will be utilized based on store traffic, trade style, size and market penetration. WinStation retailers have agreed to adhere to stringent requirements including training, reporting and maintaining minimum WinStation inventory in addition to their current dispenser count.
What is a WinStation?
WinStations are essentially self-service vending machines that allow Lottery players to purchase draw-style and scratch-off tickets without the aid of a salesperson. Similar to other vending machines, customers insert bills into the WinStation, select the draw-style game button or scratch-off game window for the ticket(s) they desire, and the machine automatically dispenses the tickets. It's as simple as that! WinStations can also be used to check the value of Louisiana Lottery tickets.
Where are WinStations located?
A current list of confirmed location includes:
Winn Dixie Store #1430 5400 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans
Circle K #2707663 2100 Veterans Blvd., Kenner
Winn Dixie Store #1329 211 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie
Winn Dixie Store #1408 4600 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans
Riverside Travel Center 65583 Pump Slough Road, Pearl River
Circle K #2707669 3530 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie
Circle K #1712 1200 South Morrison Blvd., Hammond
Albertsons #2750 4857 Government Street, Baton Rouge
Super 1 Foods #627 215 W. Willow St., Lafayette
Super 1 Foods #629 3916 Evangeline Thruway, Carencro
Based on sales, the Lottery may consider additional locations where it makes financial sense.
What tickets can I buy on the WinStation?
WinStations dispense any type of draw-style game ticket and select scratch-off game tickets. Scratch-off game availability may vary depending upon the retailer.
How can I purchase tickets from the WinStation?
It's easy and fun!
1. Scan Your Driver's License.The WinStation must first confirm you are least 21 years old, the minimum age to purchase Lottery tickets. 2. Insert Exact Bills in the Bill Acceptor.Once your age is verified, the Bill Acceptor lights go from blinking to solid green indicating that you can now enter bills in denominations of $20 or less for up to $100 in purchase credit. WinStations DO NOT give change and all sales are final.
3. Select Game Button.As you enter bills, your credits appear on the screen and draw-style game buttons light up indicating enough funds to make that purchase. Using the one-touch yellow buttons below the game logos, you can purchase Quick Pick tickets for Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto, Easy 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4 valid for the next drawing. The different prices provide multiple plays. For Pick 3 and Pick 4, these buttons will produce straight plays. To purchase a scratch-off game, simply select the button of the game you desire. The ticket cost appears below the button. If that game is no longer available in the machine, the message "Out" appears instead of the ticket cost.
OR 4. Insert a Completed Playslip in the Playslip Reader Slot.If you want to choose your own numbers, play a box or combo for Pick 3 or Pick 4, or to add options like multidraw, Power Play, Megaplier or ezmatch, visit the Lottery Play Center at your retailer and fill out a playslip using black or blue ink. Insert the slip face-up into the Playslip Reader slot. If your playslip is not filled out correctly or if there are not enough credits to purchase what is selected on the playslip, the WinStation will prompt you to insert more money or select another product.
5. Grab Your Ticket & Good Luck! The WinStation will deduct the proper amount of credits required for your selection and dispense your ticket(s) in the bottom tray or draw-style ticket dispenser. You can continue to make product selections until all purchase credits are used. The WinStation does not dispense change. When can I purchase tickets from a WinStation?
WinStations will dispense scratch-offs as long as there is power. WinStations will NOT generate tickets for draw-style games if satellite communication is down or during a game's draw break. For Powerball and Mega Millions, the draw break is 9-10 p.m. on the night of the drawing. For all other draw-style games, the draw break starts at 9:30 p.m. and lasts only a few minutes. Any tickets purchased after a draw break are good for the next regularly scheduled drawing.
How can I use the WinStation to check my tickets?
To check the value of any Louisiana Lottery ticket, center the bar code on the front of your ticket three to four inches below the "Did You Win?" scanner. The screen will indicate whether your ticket is a winner and its value. You do not have to scan your driver's license in order to check a ticket - only to make a purchase. Obviously, the drawing has to have occurred for the WinStation to check draw-style game tickets.
What are my options for cashing a winning ticket on the WinStation?
The WinStation DOES NOT dispense cash or pay prizes in cash. However, if your ticket has won $25 or less, you can scan it again to have the WinStation validate it and receive CREDIT to make a purchase at the machine. This includes free tickets. When validating a free-ticket prize, you will receive purchase credit equal to the price point of the ticket redeemed.
If your ticket is worth between $26 and $600, the WinStation will indicate the prize amount and prompt you to take your ticket to a retailer to claim your winnings. If your ticket is worth more than $600, the WinStation will prompt you to sign the back and claim your prize at a Lottery office. What should I do if the WinStation misprints my ticket or dispenses the wrong ticket?
All sales on the WinStation are final and all transactions are recorded. Should you believe the WinStation generated an unreadable ticket or a ticket different from the button depressed, you may seek assistance from the retailer to resolve the situation.
What is being done to prevent underage play on WinStations?
The Lottery strongly promotes the legal and responsible use of its products. The law requires that retailers obtain proof of age through proper identification (including government issued IDs and drivers' licenses) in order to purchase a Lottery ticket. This requirement is met by the WinStation's functionality necessitating the scan of a valid driver's license indicating the user is at least 21 years of age. In addition, each WinStation is equipped with a remote deactivation device that retailers can utilize if they suspect a WinStation customer is underage.