Impulse buys at the supermarket could soon become a lot more expensive. Tatts is quietly appealing the moratorium on a law preventing lottery tickets and scratchies from being sold at supermarket check-outs. The gambling giant is also rumoured to already be in talks with Coles and Woolworths ahead of an expected positive result.

The Newsagents Association of NSW and ACT (NANA) is having urgent talks with Andrew Constance, the NSW Treasurer in an attempt to oppose the overturning of the law.

Chief executive of NANA, Andrew Packham, said many newsagents would be severely affected by supermarkets being given the right to sell lottery tickets and scratchies; some of whom receive up to 90 per cent of their revenue from them.

Mr Packham believes up to 50 per cent of NANA’s membership would become ‘borderline viable’ if the deal went ahead; with up to 600 businesses destined to go under.

New South Wales and Queensland are the only states who currently restrict the sale of lottery tickets to small businesses.

Tatts, on the other hand, offers lottery services nationwide, except for Western Australia. However, it has been working quietly to offer its products through the two major supermarket retailers.

Anti-gambling groups are horrified at the thought of tickets being sold in check-outs. The problem wouldn’t be so much in the immediate effect (which would itself squander millions more of Australian wages into something entirely unproductive to the nation) but in the fact that it would normalise gambling. Younger people would see gambling as simply a part of their daily life.

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