Newsagencies Campaign to Keep Lottery

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Newsagencies across the North Coast have raised concerns their businesses may be crippled, if supermarkets are allowed to sell lottery tickets.

The owners of NSW Lotteries, Tatts, will be allowed to open up the market to major supermarkets from early next year.

While no change to the current situation has been confirmed, newsagencies across New South Wales are ramping up a campaign to keep lottery ticket sales out of supermarkets.

Meetings were held in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Ballina last week where local newsagents discussed their concerns, and petitions have been circulated.

The owner of Coffs Harbour Newsagency, Darren Gerrard, said lottery revenue is the backbone of most newsagencies.

“It’s no secret that it’s not newspapers anymore, it’s lottery products,” he said.

“So if those products become available to the majors of Coles and Woolies, then obviously it opens up opportunities for our customers to go elsewhere. And that will impact heavily.”

Mr Gerrard said they face losing an enormous revenue stream.

“They’re by far and above our biggest revenue driver,” he said. “By comparison, we do around $600 a day in retail a day in newspapers down at Coffs News, and we do between $3-4 thousand a day in lottery products.”

Source: ABC News

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