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Lottery shake up sees contracts lost

Last Updated: Thursday 27th May 2010, 08:15

It can mean a lot to a village shop to be the only place to be selling lottery tickets for miles, especially in rural regions. Offering lottery tickets for sale can mean keeping your head above water when you run the post office in a tiny hamlet or the petrol station on a little used b road. So the latest lottery shake up will mean a great deal to certain lottery retailers because as many as 175 stores around the UK are to lose their lottery contracts for not performing as well as they could on the sale of lottery tickets.

The changes to lottery retailers around the UK are to take place in 28 days and all affected retailers have been advised of the removal of lottery machines in their premises. The changes effect lottery terminals that are turning over less that £1,000 a week and this could mean a blow to rural communities.

It’s not just rural locations either, at least half of the 175 terminals to be removed are in chain stores around the UK, making this a big cut back for the lottery company. The UK Lotto have made no secret about their desire to cut administration costs and it seems that this is one way that they are reaching their aim.

Check your local lottery shop, it’s quite possible there will be no lottery sales there soon, although with so many lottery players now buying lottery tickets online, it’s little wonder that lottery kiosks are reducing around the UK.

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