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MEMPHIS -- Preparations are underway at the Tennessee Lottery's headquarters for the first day of lottery ticket sales in the Volunteer State, set for February 10, 2004. With thousands of dollars in incentive bonuses for lottery employees tied to that date -- and millions in college scholarships to be funded by August -- work is moving swiftly here and across the state, according to Gambling Magazine.
Convenience stores and other outlets are installing lottery terminals and satellite dishes and background checks on hundreds of others who want to sell lottery tickets are under way. A large advertising contract will be awarded soon. Sites of lottery field offices in Memphis and other cities were announced Friday, the magazine reported.
The television advertising campaign won't begin until a week or two before the first tickets are sold. At the same time, the purple, green and yellow Tennessee Lottery logo signs will go up in the stores, said lottery president and CEO Rebecca Paul.
"We're in the process right now of building infrastructure," said Paul.
It's been 13 months since Tennessee voters removed the state Constitution's lottery prohibition, six months since the state legislature approved a lottery and five months since the seven-member lottery board was appointed, Gambling Magazine reported.