Monday, February 10, 2014

Lottery Kiosk Owner Makes a Stand Against Card Charges

A Canadian Man who runs a lottery kiosk has chosen to decline credit cards rather than allow his customers to face additional charges imposed by their card providers.

"I get a lot of people that use credit cards," Tony Fermin said, "and I tell them you could get charged $2.50 to 5 bucks."

The extra charges are imposed because many card providers penalize gambling by treating the transaction as a cash advance.

The Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) consider the charges unfair.

"We’ve made the argument that purchasing a lottery ticket is more like purchasing a ticket for another form of entertainment, but some [banks] have accepted that argument and some have rejected it,"  WCLC representative, Andrea Marantz stated.

There is light at the end of the tunnel though, because the Lottery Corporation says some customers have complained and had the charges reversed.