Mass. lottery to allow use of debit cards

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Posted: Dec 21, 2011 1:55 PM
Mass. lottery to allow use of debit cards

The Massachusetts state treasurer says consumers will soon be allowed to buy state lottery tickets using debit cards.

Treasurer Steven Grossman says the plan could go into effect as soon as Jan. 1.

He says 33 other states already allow residents to use debit cards, which are the equivalent of cash. He says many convenience stores already have ATMs that customers use to withdraw cash they use to play the lottery.

Lottery agents would not be allowed to accept credit cards or welfare cards to play lottery games.

Grossman says agents that violate those rules risk losing their license.

The treasurer's office oversees the lottery.