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First Lottery Retailers Approved
Friday, December 5, 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 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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