Cash-free payments: soon to arrive at a Lotto outlet near you?

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You walk past a Lotto outlet and you see there’s a big jackpot. You feel like filling a coupon, but there’s just one problem – you don’t have  any cash. Very soon, this trivial problem will no longer stand between you and a fortune. Totalizator Sportowy, thePolish Gambling Pool, is working on installing payment terminals in their shops. However, there might be a catch…

Damian Wiśniewski from the Totalizator Sportowy press office confirms the plans to enable card payments for Lotto coupons on

‘We’ve launched the initiative internally and we are currently analyzing the potential costs and benefits, but it is still to early to talk about specifics, such as the date of implementation,’ says Wiśniewski. ‘It’s worth noting, however, that cashless payments are possible in some Lotto outlets, such as those in Carrefour supermarkets. For now, this is only possible at the salesperson or shopkeeper’s discretion,’ he adds.

The Pool doesn’t want to discuss dates but the Ministry of Development has plans for them to start accepting cashless payments by the end of 2017. This is part of the ministry’s agenda to make cashless payments more commonly available. It’s worth noting that Totalizator Sportowy is owned by the state.

Even when card payments will be possible, customers might be faced with a serious problem. Some banks charge their customers for credit card or debit card transactions used for gambling (for example in casinos, bookmakers or lottery shops). Customers of certain banks might be charged for these transactions. While a charge of 10 PLN won’t matter with big winnings, they will make quite a difference with small ones.


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