New lottery machines to cut down on gas station lines Green Country

Quick Facts:

  • New machines that will dispense all Oklahoma lottery tickets are making their way into Green Country stores.
  • The machines are expected to reduce the time you wait in line to make a purchase at a convenience or grocery store on large jackpot days
  • So far the new lottery vending machines are only in 10 QT stores.
  • The machines will dispense both scratchers and lottery tickets.

New machines dispensing Oklahoma lottery tickets are making their way into Green Country stores.

They are expected to reduce the time you wait in line to make a purchase at a convenience or grocery store on large jackpot days. So far, Walmart and QuikTrip are among the few stores in the Tulsa area that have made the switch over to the new lottery vending machines.

Mike Thornbrugh, QuikTrip spokesman, told FOX23 one of the biggest complaints the company deals with is the long lines and wait time on big jackpot days. Customers hoping to buy the store’s merchandise are forced to wait in line with customers only looking to purchase a Powerball or other lottery ticket. QuikTrip only makes a half a cent of profit from every lottery ticket sold. Those low-profit lottery tickets in the past had to be handled by the same cashiers trying to also ring up regular sales.

So far, the new lottery vending machines are only in 10 QuikTrip stores, but within the next five years, Thornbrugh said the vending machines will be the standard.

“On those big jackpot days,” Thornbrugh said, “our employees are just slammed, and we aren’t even making much money from those transactions."

The machines will dispense both scratchers and lottery tickets where customers pick numbers to be drawn at a later time, but cashiers will still have to handle any redemption of tickets for cash winnings. Thornbrugh said the Oklahoma Lottery Commission is purchasing the vending machines for retailers statewide, but because of state budget cutbacks, the vending machines cannot be purchased and installed as quickly as many would hope.

FOX23 reached out to the Oklahoma Lottery Commission about their future plans, but we have not heard back about costs and a schedule.