- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts State Lottery is considering installing thousands of new self-service machines that would verify the purchaser’s age.

More than 8,500 new lottery ticket dispensers would be installed at supermarkets and bars and all of them would require players to scan their driver’s licenses proving they’re 18 or older.

As of now, the machines accept money and dispense tickets without checking ages.

Lottery officials say they hope the technology will help them retain customers in light of the introduction of casinos into Massachusetts.

Massachusetts is the only state still using lottery machines from the 1990s. Residents spent an average of nearly $750 on lottery games last year, which is more than any other state.

The state distributed nearly $975 million in aid to cities and towns in that time.

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