Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill allowing sales of lottery tickets in vending machines.
Lottery officials had worked for months to convince lawmakers to pass a bill authorizing vending machine sales, arguing it could boost annual sales by as much as $30 million and generate between $8 million and $10 million in revenues to the state. Legislators had plans to divert a large portion the state’s proceeds to community mental health services.
However, Brownback, who has been hesitant to expand legalized gambling, said the lottery “has a disproportionately negative effect on low income Kansans” and the state’s goal is to help the poor “find a path to self-reliance and independence through education, work and savings.”
Neighboring Missouri is among the many states allowing vending machine sales of lottery tickets.