All Delaware Wawa stores adding self-service lottery machines
By mid-June, all Wawa stores in Delaware will have new self-service lottery kiosks.
The Wawa on Rocky Run Parkway off Rt. 202 offers patrons the opportunity to play the Delaware Lotto at a self-serve machine inside the store. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal) Buy Photo
Fans of the Delaware Lottery can finally get a lottery ticket with their Wawa coffee or hoagie. And they can spend the time it takes to fill their gas tank by scuffing up a scratch-off.
The state has been installing machines at Wawa sites throughout the First State and has finished about half of the more than 40 Delaware stores. By June 10, Wawa thinks every Delaware store will be outfitted with the new self-service kiosks.
It will be the first time Wawa customers in Delaware can purchase lottery products since the convenience stores tested over-the-counter lottery products close to 20 years ago.
“It’s a tremendous advantage to get them back in the network,” said Delaware Lottery director Vernon Kirk. “That’s 43 stores selling lottery products that weren’t selling it before.”
Kirk said he thinks the Wawa machines will contribute an additional $6 million in revenue based on “rough numbers.”
The self-service kiosks, which allow for payment with a card, will offer pretty much everything typically afforded to Delaware Lottery customers, including keno. There will be no sports betting options available.
Wawa opened its’ 800th store on Rocky Run Parkway off Rt. 202 that offers patrons the opportunity to play the Delaware Lotto at a self-serve machine located inside the store. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)
And it’s not just Wawa stores adding the new machines. Kirk said the state has 100 of these new kiosks from vendor Scientific Games. Take 43 off of that and there are still 57 machines to be distributed. The others will go to retailers like Royal Farms, which Kirk said already has some machines it is testing.
“We’re trying to gauge how they fare in other settings,” he said.
Wawa on Thursday held a grand opening ceremony at its 800th store, located across from Concord Mall on Rocky Run Parkway. The Pennsylvania company plans to open 50 new stores and remodel 75 in 2018.
Adding lottery services in Delaware means Wawa customers across the company’s entire footprint, including Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C., will have the machines.
Wawa first tested over-the-counter lottery products at its stores, including some in Delaware, around the turn of the century.
“It just didn’t set us up for speed of service at the core area,” Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said.
Modern technology has solved that issue.
Wawa’s lottery project lead Bob Hornberger said the addition further allows the Pennsylvania-based, privately-owned convenience store chain to become even more of a one-stop shop.
“We’re pretty confident that the customer reception is going to be phenomenal,” Hornberger said. “This is something we’re very excited to embark.”
Wawa’s store on Rocky Run Parkway off Rt. 202 offers patrons the opportunity to play the Delaware Lotto at a self-serve machine inside the store. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)
“We know that customers enjoy the added convenience,” Bruce said. “We hear that from them.”
Wawa will get the same rate as other Delaware Lottery retailers: a selling commission of 5 percent and a 1 percent cashing bonus.
Hornberger said Wawa lottery machines across the company in the calendar year of 2017 contributed about $120 million to state benefactors.
Delaware Lottery profits go to the State General Fund, which benefits public and higher education, health services, public safety and more. In fiscal year 2017, the lottery’s contribution was $205 million, making it the state’s fourth-largest revenue generator.
With 100 new machines being rolled out, that number should be even larger in 2018.The self-service kiosks will offer pretty much everything typically afforded to Delaware Lottery customers.
Where to Play
Florida Lottery games are designed to be a fun, low-cost form of entertainment with the added benefit of helping fund education. While most of our players enjoy the fun and entertainment of playing our games, for some, gambling of any kind can be a problem.
Based on a 2016 Survey of Problem Gambling Services, conducted by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), an estimated 1.1% of Florida adults are believed to have gambling-related problems. And while this is among the lowest per capita of all states in the nation, people with this problem cannot safely manage any kind of wagering.
To assist individuals and families struggling with addiction, the Florida Lottery encourages them to contact the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG), which offers a variety of free services to callers based on the needs of the individual. Callers are given the opportunity to share about the problems they are experiencing so they may be connected with the appropriate resources. Their multilingual Helpline number is: 888-ADMIT IT (888-236-4848)
National Problem Gambling Helpline
Gamblers Anonymous (www.gamblersanonymous.org)
Is fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
The Florida Lottery is committed to being a responsible community partner. We recognize our duties are not only to grow sales and contributions to education, but to encourage responsible play.
© 2020 Florida Lottery, All Rights Reserved.
Must be 18 or older to play.