LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery says the state needs lottery vending machines in order to sustain sales and keep funding high-demand college scholarships.
The lottery's board on Wednesday approved a set of rules to govern use of the machine and is seeking public comment.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue (PASS-uh-lay) says that without the machines, the lottery may have to cut its revenue projections.
Passailaigue estimated net proceeds from the new fiscal year at $105 million, with about $5 million coming from the machines. A lottery opponent wants the Legislature to ban the machines.
Passailaigue also told board members Wednesday that he is exploring several new games, including international, national and a Southern regional lottery game.