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Change could allow TN lottery ticket purchases by debit cards

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Tennessee state lawmakers are considering taking a gamble to change up the lottery.

Members of the Lottery Stabilization Task Force have discussed possible changes, including allowing folks to use a debit card to pay for lottery tickets.

Currently, players can only use cash.

Some lawmakers want to increase sales for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program and attract younger players.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, 33 of the 44 states that have a lottery allow players to buy tickets using a debit card.

Some states even will let them purchase tickets by using a credit card. That raises questions over allowing some people to borrow money for gambling.

Another topic the task force discussed, and this likely won't sit well with players, is reducing prize payouts.

Lawmakers are currently split on the idea. Supporters for reducing payouts say it would allow there to be more money for scholarships.

But Kentucky tried a similar move a few years ago and noticed a drop in lottery ticket sales.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission predicts if changes aren't made, the lottery reserve fund will run out by 2024.

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