Lottery agents posted the names of 219 Massachusetts stores that owe the state up to $1.8 million for the right to distribute lottery tickets. One of them — Old Towne News at 217 North Ave, Abington — owes $62,030 to the state, and had rights to lottery sales revoked July 16.


 

Lottery agents posted the names of 219 Massachusetts stores that owe the state up to $1.8 million for the right to distribute lottery tickets. One of them — Old Towne News at 217 North Ave, Abington — owes $62,030 to the state, and had rights to lottery sales revoked July 16.


However, the store sells lottery tickets today.


A man who identified himself as “Larry,” working at Olde Town News Tuesday afternoon, said his sister purchased the business in September from a man named Michael.


Larry said he and his sister do not owe money to the state, even though their business has been identified. He added they decided to keep the name “Olde Town News” because it was recognizable in the town.


Larry said when he and his sister took over the business, the lottery machine was empty and they needed to hire a lawyer to receive lottery services again.


He said his business pays 1 percent of the ticket price when tickets are sold, and pays 5 percent of what it doles out to winning customers.


Larry said state lottery agents have not bothered him since initially requesting the business pay the $45,050 when the business was purchased in September.


“I said, ‘no way am I going to do that,’” Larry said. “Go to the guy that owes it. They should be chasing him.”


After some discussion, Olde Town News was allowed to use lottery ticket dispensing machines once again.


“They don’t bother us for the money — they can’t,” Larry said.


In nearby Rockland, South Shore Package Store at 328 Union St. owes the state $62,030. 


The business was closed and dark at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and has been emptied of all the alcohol that was once on the shelves.


Abington Mariner