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First Lottery Retailers Approved
Friday, December 05, 2003
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
(615) 253-1124 Office
(615) 604-2827 Mobile
 

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Lottery today marked another milestone with the approval of the first authorized retailers in what will be a fast-growing, statewide network of retail partners.

This morning, Lottery officials gave final approval to 26 independent retailers (see attached list) that now are authorized to sell lottery tickets when the games launch on or before February 10. Officials stressed the initial group, representing outlets from Memphis to Elizabethton, is the first of hundreds of retailers that will clear approvals on a “rolling basis” in the coming days as the approval process kicks into overdrive.

“From this point forward, we’ll be adding retailers on a daily and even hourly basis,” said Rebecca Paul, president and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “The list will grow quickly as we complete the necessary background checks and approvals.”

In addition to approving independent outlets this morning, Lottery officials are wrapping up approvals for several corporate retailers that each have applied with dozens of locations, including Mapco Express, Mr. Zip and Roadrunner Markets. Approving retailers that bring multiple outlets, in addition to the independent operators, will result in a rapid expansion of the Lottery’s retail network.

“Building a strong retail network at startup is vital to the future performance of any successful lottery,“ Paul said. “We’re excited about welcoming these first businesses to our brand-new family of retail partners.”

Paul encouraged other Tennessee retailers that haven’t yet turned in their applications to do so immediately if they want to be approved in time to be part of the initial kickoff excitement. “With startup just around the corner, there’s a lot of work to be done in a relatively short period of time,” she said. “We need adequate time for approvals if we’re going to install the necessary equipment and provide training before the kickoff.”

Almost as fast as retail locations are approved, the Tennessee Lottery and its technology partner GTECH Corp. will schedule installations of state-of-the-art, touch-screen computer terminals and satellite dishes necessary to sell tickets and connect to the Lottery’s telecommunications system.

Following the installations, Lottery officials will schedule regional training sessions in early to mid-January for retailers to learn how to operate the equipment. Both equipment and training will be provided free of charge.

For retailers, the economic benefits of selling lottery tickets are both tangible and intangible. In exchange for participating, retailers will receive a commission of 6.5% on the Lottery's sales in their stores. In addition, participating retailers also should benefit from increased customer traffic in their stores.

To sell tickets, retailers must pass criminal background checks as well as credit checks. Additionally, they must be in “good standing” with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. The only application cost is a $95 application fee. Retailers seeking more information can download an application packet online at www.tnlottery.gov or call (615) 253-6881 to receive a packet by mail.

The Tennessee Lottery is moving down a rapid path to begin selling tickets on or before February 10. Most immediately, the Lottery is charged with raising at least $88 million by July 1 in order to fund scholarships for an estimated 65,000 students expected to attend Tennessee colleges and universities next fall.

“We’re looking forward to working with our retail partners to provide benefits for education and fun for players in Tennessee,” Paul said.

INITIAL APPROVALS
December 5, 2003

Aaron Tippin Outdoors
3347 Nashville Highway
Dowelltown

Airline Market & Deli
6115 Airline Road
Arlington

Apple Shed
5526 Fort Henry Drive
Kingsport

Bungalow Market
1011 Middlesettlements Road
Maryville

C&K Market
2529 Peavine Road
Crossville

Candy Store & More
1436 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Sevierville

Castle's Grocery
13563 Highway 28
Whitwell

Central Avenue Wines & Liquors
1003 N. Central Avenue
Humboldt

H & H Market #1
5511 Centennial Boulevard
Nashville

Joy Market
3767 Nolensville Road
Nashville

Pearson BP Amoco
4830 Poplar Avenue
Memphis

PJ Food Mart
14724 Highway 27
Sale Creek

Roger and Mary's Raceway
704 Broad Street
Elizabethton

Randy's Quick Stop
541 Browns Ferry Road
Chattanooga

Rick's Grocery and Package Store
4618 South York Highway
Jamestown

Rite Stop Food Mart
441 Dutch Valley Road
Knoxville

Scott's Multi Purpose Center
930 College Street
Clarksville

State Line Conoco
3353 Huntsville Highway
Fayetteville

Station Camp Market
2059 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin

Tennessee Oriental Market
1102 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville

Town and Country Market & Deli
8418 Rutledge Pike
Knoxville

Two Way Stop
7207 Nolensville Road
Nolensville

W & W Package Store
815 Vance Avenue
Memphis

West Side Food Mart
921 Frayser Boulevard
Memphis

White Oak Shell
9647 Highway 22 North
Milledgeville

Yom's Grocery
1174 University Street
Memphis

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