The house’s cut

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

The state’s le­gal num­bers racket took in sev­eral more mil­lions this Septem­ber than it did in the same month back in 2016. The specifics: Rev­enue for the lot­tery in­creased $3.3 mil­lion com­pared with Septem­ber a year ago, to a to­tal of $36.4 mil­lion. The in­crease, the state says, comes through more sales of scratch-off tick­ets.

An­other de­tail: As of Aug. 1, gam­blers in Arkansas were al­lowed to buy lot­tery tick­ets us­ing their debit cards. In­stead of only cash.

The lot­tery says it doesn’t track what tick­ets are bought us­ing plas­tic, so it can’t say for sure that that was the cause of the in­crease. But let’s as­sume. It’s not a giant leap.

And now that folks are be­com­ing used to us­ing debit cards to gam­ble, the next step isn’t dif­fi­cult to see, ei­ther. Surely a law­maker with an eye to­ward in­creas­ing the bot­tom line will come up with leg­is­la­tion to al­low gam­blers to use credit cards. Or maybe gift cards will come be­fore that. One step at a time, don­cha know.

The only can’t-miss in this whole deal: The state al­ways gets its money. The house take al­ways comes first.

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