2009-12-31 / Local & State

Wine Kiosks To Be Added At 100 Pa. Supermarkets

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – More than 100 Pennsylvania grocery stores are expected to be getting vending machines that sell wine.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says the kiosks could be operating at all the stores by the middle of 2010.

Board spokesman Nicholas Hays says the kiosks can carry up to 500 bottles of as many as 50 wines.

Patrons would slide a driver’s license into the machine to prove they are 21 or older.

A camera would also ensure that the person and the license match. The buyer would also have to breath into a device that would measure blood-alcohol level.

Hays says a prototype will arrive in Harrisburg early next year so the technology can be tested.

Then, Kiosks will be piloted at several stores in the Harrisburg area.

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