Governor Peter Shumlin ok'd the state looking at lottery vending machines in bars and restaurants, but he has not yet decided if he's for or against it.
The lottery director met with some bar and restaurant owners last week in Barre to show them a prototype machine. It would have fast play games on it that already exist in Vermont convenience stores. Some lawmakers and addiction experts say it's a bad move to expand the lottery into bars and restaurants. Governor Shumlin says even though the expansion is allowed by state statute, the administration will seek input from lawmakers first.
"This is simply a conversation that's being had. There are no lottery machines going into any establishments in Vermont right now and my feeling is it's a conversation the legislature should have with the administration to see whether it makes sense or not. So I have not taken a position on it, I won't until I get the facts, but I think it's a good conversation to have," Shumlin said.
Administration officials say it's too early in the process to know how much money the lottery vending machines could generate.