Debit cards soon to be allowed for Arkansas lottery tickets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Those who buy lottery tickets in Arkansas will soon be able to purchase the tickets with debit cards instead of cash only.

A new law allowing retailers to accept debit cards takes effect Aug. 1, but retailers are not required to accept debit cards and some say they won't because the law requires them to pay costs and fees.

E-Z Mart Stores Inc. CEO Sonja Yates Hubbard said the chain's 85 Arkansas retailers won't accept debit cards because the fees are more than the 5 percent commission on ticket sales.

Jamie Clark, manager of Y&E Superstop in Bryant, said she believes the store will accept debit cards because Interstate 30 travelers who stop at the store expect to pay with debit cards because they're allowed in some other states.



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