How to Get a Lottery Agency Bond in Maryland

At Surety Bonds Agent, we offer a full range of surety bonds nationwide through an extended carrier network. Continue below to learn more about lottery agency bonds in Maryland. If you have additional questions or want to explore bonding solutions for your business, speak with one of our knowledgeable surety bond experts.

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Who Licenses Lottery Retailers?

To operate as a lottery retailer in Maryland you must first obtain a license from the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (the “Agency”).

What Are the Steps in the Licensing Process?

You can complete and submit an application for a Maryland lottery retailer license online. You will need to provide personal information from all owners of the business, including disclosures of any criminal offenses, both past and pending. The application also requires specific information about your retail establishment, such as the hours of operation and average weekly traffic.

The Agency holds all Maryland lottery retailers to certain standards of financial responsibility because of their responsibilities regarding custody of unsold lottery tickets and remittance of lottery sales proceeds. If, after reviewing your license application, the Agency finds that you fall short of those standards, you may be required to furnish a Maryland lottery agent bond, in an amount determined by the Agency, as a condition for being granted a lottery retailer license.

Why Is a Surety Bond Required?

When the Agency requires an applicant for licensure to purchase a lottery bond, it is for two main reasons:

  • To obtain a lottery retailer’s guarantee to conduct lottery business in compliance with applicable state laws and Agency regulations, and
  • To ensure that the Agency or other injured party will be compensated for monetary damages incurred as a result of the lottery retailer’s unlawful or unethical actions.

This combination of deterrence and compensation or damages provides financial protection for the Agency (the “obligee” requiring the bond) and the public.

How Do They Work?

The terms of a Maryland lottery bond legally obligate a lottery retailer (the bond’s “principal”) to pay all claims that the bond’s guarantor (the “surety”) find to be legitimate. However, because the surety has guaranteed the payment of valid claims, the usual practice is for the surety to pay a claim initially, to be reimbursed by the principal. The surety bond agreement indemnifies the surety against any legal responsibility for claims, so a principal who fails to reimburse the surety can be sued by the surety for the claim amount.

What Do They Cost?

To calculate the annual premium cost of a Maryland lottery bond, the required bond amount established by the obligee is multiplied by the premium rate set by the surety through underwriting. The biggest underwriting concern is the possibility of the surety not being reimbursed for claims paid on the principal’s behalf. That risk is measured largely on the basis of the principal’s personal credit score. 

A high credit score is a good indication that the risk to the surety is low, resulting in a low premium rate, typically in the range of one to two percent. A lower credit score is interpreted as signaling a higher risk level, which warrants a higher premium rate.

At Surety Bonds Agent, we offer a full range of surety bonds nationwide through an extended carrier network. Continue below to learn more about lottery retailer licensing in Maryland. If you have additional questions or want to explore bonding solutions for your business, speak with one of our knowledgeable surety bond experts.

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Who Licenses Lottery Retailers?

To operate as a lottery retailer in Maryland you must first obtain a license from the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (the “Agency”).

You can complete and submit an application for a Maryland lottery retailer license online. You will need to provide personal information from all owners of the business, including disclosures of any criminal offenses, both past and pending. The application also requires specific information about your retail establishment, such as the hours of operation and average weekly traffic.

The Agency holds all Maryland lottery retailers to certain standards of financial responsibility because of their responsibilities regarding custody of unsold lottery tickets and remittance of lottery sales proceeds. If, after reviewing your license application, the Agency finds that you fall short of those standards, you may be required to furnish a Maryland lottery agent bond, in an amount determined by the Agency, as a condition for being granted a lottery retailer license.

When the Agency requires an applicant for licensure to purchase a lottery bond, it is for two main reasons:

  • To obtain a lottery retailer’s guarantee to conduct lottery business in compliance with applicable state laws and Agency regulations, and
  • To ensure that the Agency or other injured party will be compensated for monetary damages incurred as a result of the lottery retailer’s unlawful or unethical actions.

This combination of deterrence and compensation or damages provides financial protection for the Agency (the “obligee” requiring the bond) and the public.

The terms of a Maryland lottery bond legally obligate a lottery retailer (the bond’s “principal”) to pay all claims that the bond’s guarantor (the “surety”) find to be legitimate. However, because the surety has guaranteed the payment of valid claims, the usual practice is for the surety to pay a claim initially, to be reimbursed by the principal. The surety bond agreement indemnifies the surety against any legal responsibility for claims, so a principal who fails to reimburse the surety can be sued by the surety for the claim amount.

To calculate the annual premium cost of a Maryland lottery bond, the required bond amount established by the obligee is multiplied by the premium rate set by the surety through underwriting. The biggest underwriting concern is the possibility of the surety not being reimbursed for claims paid on the principal’s behalf. That risk is measured largely on the basis of the principal’s personal credit score. 

A high credit score is a good indication that the risk to the surety is low, resulting in a low premium rate, typically in the range of one to two percent. A lower credit score is interpreted as signaling a higher risk level, which warrants a higher premium rate.

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