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MTA to enter Lotto business

by Benjamin Kabak

Buried at the bottom of Heather Haddon’s article on the fate of the Fulton St. Transit Center was an interesting note about the MTA’s search for revenue. According to the amNew York reporter, the transit agency has approved a six-month pilot program that restarts the sale of lottery tickets at eight underground stations. In return, the MTA receives three percent of the revenue of all sales. The MTA sold lotto cards underground in the 1960s but had to cease when littering became an issue. With proliferation of free newspapers these days, what’s a dropped lottery card anyway? As long as I can buy a ticket from Little Bit O’ Luck, I’ll be happy.

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Ariel May 21, 2009 - 1:28 pm

Why this? Lottery tickets disproportionally affect the working poor who tend to pour money into it.

Albany should wake up and pass comprehensible forms of funding such as congestion pricing, which affects NY residents who have the money to throw away.

Fairness May 21, 2009 - 1:42 pm

I love this idea. People are going to buy lotto tickets anyway so why not have the MTA make some money off of them.

Rhywun May 21, 2009 - 3:57 pm

Good, maybe they’ll crowd these vendors instead of my corner deli.


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