ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missourians soon could pick up a lottery ticket while gassing up or getting cash from the ATM.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Missouri Lottery plans to begin selling Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets at gas pumps and through ATM machines.

The sales will be offered at 15 gas station and 150 pumps, though the locations have not yet been determined. The plans include selling tickets through 100 ATMS in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

That could be expanded depending upon how the program is received.

The push to encourage lottery sales comes amid growing expectations factored into Missouri’s budget. The spending plan taking effect July 1 anticipates the Missouri Lottery will transfer $298.5 million to state coffers.

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