CSNA welcomes ‘auto activation’ of Lottery scratch cards
Association says change will eliminate almost 95% of previous reasons for breaches of PLI rules
24 August 2022 | 0
The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) has welcomed the news from Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) that ‘auto activation’ on scratch cards will be implemented from 5 September 2022.
The CSNA described the development as “a welcome relief to the network in general” and in particular to the agents who have received penalties imposed by PLI for numerous breaches of the non-activation rule. In some cases, this involved a penalty of five days’ trading with no Lottery product.
According to the CSNA, the change will eliminate almost 95% of previous reasons for breaches of PLI rules and will be seen as righting a wrong. While the current number of “strikes” against an agent will still stand, the association says these should disappear over a period of time.
One point to bear in mind though is that your inactivated stock, previously holding no value, from 5 September onwards, must now be treated as valuable and expensive product, similar to tobacco and alcohol and be kept in a secure and locked area until required for sale
Also, while an inactivated ticket that is presented in another store may no longer incur penalties, the CSNA advises that it would be desirable that you continue to activate in-store for best practice and record keeping. PLI will not automatically inform you of any books activated elsewhere but you can seek that information on request if you suspect you may have an issue.