Northland is test market for ATMs that let you pick up some cash, and a lottery ticketIf you’re into the Minnesota State Lottery — and your debit card — this is for you.
By: Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune
If you’re into the Minnesota State Lottery — and your debit card — this is for you.
ATMs that allow users to purchase Minnesota State Lottery tickets with their bank debit cards are popping up around Duluth and Cloquet.
“We’re the guinea pigs for the (Minnesota State) Lottery,” said Jeffrey Vollman, owner of Tunetown Alternative Vending of Duluth, the authorized provider of the new technology in the Duluth area.
To buy Mega Millions and Powerball chances, the debit card is used as with any ATM, except it will also ask for the buyer’s driver’s license. Purchases come out of the debit card account, and prizes can be deposited into the same account. Winnings under $600 are automatically deposited into the account.
The new lottery ATMs have another advantage over the old cash-over-the-counter approach, Vollman said: The purchaser can be contacted of any winnings by setting up a text number.
“You don’t even have to watch it on TV,” Vollman said. “They’ll text and tell you that you won.”
Some are new ATMs with greater capabilities; some are existing machines that have been adapted.
Lottery ATMs also are being tested in Rochester and St. Cloud, with other providers behind those efforts.
The machines, which also are used as regular ATMs, started appearing in the Duluth area four weeks ago. They are at Savers in the Miller Hill shopping area and at the Board of Trade Building downtown. One is at the Cloquet Perkins. Another is coming to Mexico Lindo Restaurant in the Fitger’s Brewery Complex in about a week. And there’ll be more.
“There will be as many as I want to do,” said Vollman who claims to be the first independent service operator to place the Minnesota State Lottery on ATMs.
However, he isn’t allowed to put them in convenience stores where state lottery tickets are sold the old-fashioned way.
So far, how’s it going?
“They’re starting to use them,” Vollman said of customers buying the ticketless lottery chances. “But we haven’t had any winners yet.”