Poll: Iowans Want to Keep Lottery Machines - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

IOWA – As reported by the Des Moines Register: "A majority of Iowans are unwilling to pull the plug on the Iowa Lottery's new TouchPlay machines, but they're also mostly opposed to allowing more of the devices in stores and bars.

"A new Des Moines Register poll shows the state's adults are divided over the future of the TouchPlay machines, which closely resemble slot machines and already number in the thousands.

"Asked about three options facing the Legislature, 41 percent of Iowans want state leaders to get rid of TouchPlay machines that have already been installed at more than 2,600 locations across the state — including supermarkets, taverns, convenience stores, tanning salons and self-service laundries.

"…Twenty-six percent of the state's adults take the opposite view in the Iowa Poll, conducted Jan. 21 to 24. They would allow more of the devices to be installed as long as rules are followed.

"…Straddling the fence are the 27 percent of Iowans who would permit the continued use of TouchPlay machines already in stores and taverns, but prohibit the installation of more devices…"

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