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Why aren’t lottery tickets being sold at the New York State Fair?

The New York State Gaming Commission says past data is the reason they aren’t selling lottery tickets at the State Fair.

New York Lottery isn’t selling tickets, including scratch offs at this year’s fair.


WSYR-TV investigated, finding that data was the reason for the Gaming Commission’s decision.

“After reviewing data from past years and carefully considering the staffing levels required and current economic climate, the Lottery made the decision to pivot to a promotional event for this year, with free games and free prizes,” the agency told WSYR.

A spokesperson added that selling tickets requires a ‘tremendous staffing effort’.

As for next year? All parties involved said they would analyze the data and base future decisions on it.