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Question: There is a company that accepts credit cards to buy lottery tickets. Is it legal?






Answer: Van Denton, director of communications for the NC Education Lottery, said the policy is “not to allow purchases of lottery tickets by credit card.”

“No purchase of lottery tickets should be made on credit or with the use of credit cards,” he said in an email. “Acceptable methods of payment are cash and debit cards or a mobile debit card at a lottery vending machine.

“If the lottery receives a report that credit card purchases are allowed in a store, they would investigate what is happening and take appropriate action based on that review. For a general breach of contract, such as extending credit to a customer, a retailer would initially receive a warning letter. If repeated violations occur, the retailer could face suspension or termination of the lottery ticket sales license.

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“Lottery games are games of chance and should be played with money set aside for fun.”







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Lottery tickets cannot be purchased with credit cards, according to the NC Education Lottery. The only acceptable forms of payment are cash and debit cards or a mobile debit card at a lottery vending machine, a lottery spokesperson said.


DAVID ROLFE, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL


Question: Where is WXII meteorologist Brian Slocum? I haven’t seen him for a week.

Answer: Michelle Butt, president and CEO of WXII-Channel 12, said Slocum was on vacation.

“He is enjoying an extended leave before his son returns to school,” she said.

NCDMV Hours of Operation

We sometimes hear from people who struggle to find a convenient time to renew their driver’s license or state-issued ID card and cannot renew it online. The NC Division of Motor Vehicles has extended hours at some driver’s license offices across the state and some also have Saturday hours. However, Saturday hours end this month. The last Saturday is August 27.

Here are the hours of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem offices:

2391 Coliseum Blvd., Suite 12

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

  • Renew identity cards.
  • Issue duplicate commands.
  • Make address changes.
  • Issue a REAL ID.
  • Give road tests for clients who have already completed the knowledge and written tests.

— Staff Writer Jennifer Fernandez and Melissa Hall, Winston-Salem Log

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