Convenience Stores Protest Games Of Skill Restrictions

In a defiant move, some convenience stores in Virginia have now taken a stand against proposed restrictions on skill games by temporarily shutting down Virginia Lottery sales. Hundreds of stores participated in the protest, aimed at proposed amendments to a pending bill that would legalize and regulate skill games. Store owners say they fear losing revenue due to the proposed 35-mile exclusion rule, which could impact businesses near existing casinos. The protest coincides with upcoming legislative discussions on the future of skill games in Virginia. Meanwhile, the stores participating in the protest are cutting off any revenue they could be making from the sale of lottery tickets, and also any bonuses they might get should they sell a winning ticket. That revenue is now going to other retailers who are continuing to sell Virginia Lottery tickets… and those retailers say business is booming.