Businesses in certain states that sell lottery tickets to customers may be required to obtain a Lottery Bond as a condition of their state contract or license requirements. A Lottery Surety Bond protects both the state and lottery winners from any potential mishandling of lottery winnings, including the processes and machinery used to dispense lottery tickets on location with the seller.
Each state that has a lottery division, corporation, or organization has laws that define the sales of lottery tickets, retailer responsibilities, sweeping of the retailer accounts, payout of major winning tickets, processing of proceeds for scholarships, older residence assistance, or other purposes the state has designated for the collected funds.
Businesses such as convenience stores at gas stations, liquor stores, grocery stores, and truck plazas can apply to become a lottery retailer. Some states restrict where the lottery sales can occur, so check with your state to ensure that the business establishment meets the requirements.
Retailers benefit from lottery sales in numerous ways including increased traffic to their store, commission from the sales of the tickets sold, marketing assistance, lottery equipment, and commission on prize selling tickets.
Retailers must apply, register, or be licensed to sell lottery products. Most states require a retailer to complete an application, sign a contract, and set up a checking account that includes a joint account with the state as an account holder. The purpose of the checking account is so that the state can “sweep” the account to collect funds from lottery sales. Many states will also require retailers to provide a credit report and fingerprints for a background check and may disqualify a retailer from participating if there certain negative remarks.
In addition to the contract and application process, a state may have a surety bond or other financial requirement. Each state varies as to whether or not there is a bond requirement, the length of time the retailer must have a bond, or if the bond is a penalty to the retailer.
Retailers that do not keep sufficient funds in the joint bank account and are short of what is due to the state during a sweep of the account may be forced to obtain a bond. Additionally, states may require financial statements from the retailer to ensure that adequate assets are available and that the business is in a good financial status.
Many of the states that have a surety bond requirement will instead accept another form of security in the amount equal to the bond. This may be a cash deposit or irrevocable letter of credit, or other security.
The premium that you pay for a Lottery Retailer Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the required bond amount. Our rates start at 1% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote that fits your specific situation.
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