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    Tennessee Lottery a Step Closer to Reality

    State officials sending out gaming applications to retailers.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has mailed nearly 3,600 application packets to independent and corporate retailers who expressed interest in selling lottery tickets following a two-month statewide recruitment campaign that began in late August.

    Those who didn't register during the recruitment campaign can download the packet online at www.tnlottery.gov.

    By the time the first tickets are sold in February, lottery officials expect the retail network to include not only traditional outlets such as convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores, but also barber shops, beauty salons, restaurants, sporting goods stores and more, according to the Nashville (Tenn.) Business Journal.

    In exchange for participating, retailers will receive a commission of 6.5 percent on the lottery's gross sales in their stores.

    To sell tickets, retailers must pass a criminal background check as well as credit checks. Additionally, they cannot owe back taxes to the state. The application costs $95. Lottery equipment, supplies and training will be provided to retailers at no cost, pending approval of the application.

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