LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This summer, Arkansans who don’t carry cash could still be able to purchase lottery tickets.

This legislative session, lawmakers passed and the Governor signed Act 876, allowing businesses the option to accept debit cards and non-cash payments for the purchase of lottery tickets. The bill will become law in late July or early August, 90 days after the legislature officially adjourns. State law previously limited lottery retailers to accept only cash payments.

“This new law will allow the lottery to stay relevant given today’s cashless lifestyle,” said Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley. “More and more people just don’t carry cash. This allows more convenience for our customers and our retailers.”

The law is not mandatory, but allows retailers discretion on whether they will accept debit cards or non-cash payments for lottery tickets. The bill does not allow for buying lottery tickets with any form of credit or deferred payment.