How to Get a Lottery Retailer License in Louisiana

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 Louisiana. 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?

In Louisiana, lottery retailer licenses are issued by the Louisiana Lottery Commission, which oversees all lottery operations in the state.

What Are the Steps in the Licensing Process?

he sequence of events involved in the licensing process is as follows:

  • The retailer obtains letters of clearance/good standing from the Department of Revenue and the Louisiana Workforce Commission and also is in good standing with the Secretary of State.
  • The retailer completes the Retailer Application Package and submits it along with the clearance/good standing letters and a one-time $35 licensing fee.
  • The Lottery Commission performs a security background/ credit check and a marketing evaluation, then schedules an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) inspection of your business.
  • Provided all requirements are met, the lottery retailer application is approved.
  • The remaining steps involve scheduling the mandatory retailer training and the installation of lottery equipment in the lottery retailer’s establishment.

Louisiana lottery retailers have the option of participating in the state’s self-bonding program or providing the Lottery Commission with a surety bond or other form of financial security. Many choose to purchase a Louisiana lottery surety bond.

Why Is a Surety Bond Required?

A Louisiana lottery bond protects the Lottery Commission (the “obligee” requiring the bond) and the public against financial harm caused by the unlawful or unethical actions of a licensed lottery retailer (the “principal” required to purchase the bond). Typical violations that result in the injured party filing a claim for monetary damages include not remitting the proceeds of lottery ticket sales to the state and misappropriating lottery funds. When a claim is found to be valid, the principal is legally obligated to pay it.

How Do They Work?

A Louisiana lottery bond involves a third party in addition to the obligee and the surety. The third party, known as the “surety,” is the party guaranteeing the bond. The surety makes good on that guarantee by extending credit to the principal if necessary for the payment of claims that the surety finds to be valid.

The surety actually pays a valid claim initially, on the principal’s behalf, drawing against the credit approved for the principal when the bond was purchased. The principal is legally obligated to repay the surety for that debt. Failing to repay the debt can subject the principal to legal action by the surety to recover the funds.

What Do They Cost?

Louisiana lottery bonds are sold for a premium that is a small percentage of the bond amount required by the obligee. The surety decides what that percentage (the premium rate) will be for each bond applicant based on an underwriting assessment of the risk involved in extending credit to the principal. The most influential measure of that risk is the principal’s personal credit score.

A high credit score is correlated with a low risk to the surety, resulting in a low premium rate, perhaps as low as 1%. On the other hand, a low credit score is indicative of a higher risk level and will result in 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 Louisiana. 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?

In Louisiana, lottery retailer licenses are issued by the Louisiana Lottery Commission, which oversees all lottery operations in the state.

 

The sequence of events involved in the licensing process is as follows:

  • The retailer obtains letters of clearance/good standing from the Department of Revenue and the Louisiana Workforce Commission and also is in good standing with the Secretary of State.
  • The retailer completes the Retailer Application Package and submits it along with the clearance/good standing letters and a one-time $35 licensing fee.
  • The Lottery Commission performs a security background/ credit check and a marketing evaluation, then schedules an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) inspection of your business.
  • Provided all requirements are met, the lottery retailer application is approved.
  • The remaining steps involve scheduling the mandatory retailer training and the installation of lottery equipment in the lottery retailer’s establishment.

Louisiana lottery retailers have the option of participating in the state’s self-bonding program or providing the Lottery Commission with a surety bond or other form of financial security. Many choose to purchase a Louisiana lottery surety bond.

A Louisiana lottery bond protects the Lottery Commission (the “obligee” requiring the bond) and the public against financial harm caused by the unlawful or unethical actions of a licensed lottery retailer (the “principal” required to purchase the bond). Typical violations that result in the injured party filing a claim for monetary damages include not remitting the proceeds of lottery ticket sales to the state and misappropriating lottery funds. When a claim is found to be valid, the principal is legally obligated to pay it.

A Louisiana lottery bond involves a third party in addition to the obligee and the surety. The third party, known as the “surety,” is the party guaranteeing the bond. The surety makes good on that guarantee by extending credit to the principal if necessary for the payment of claims that the surety finds to be valid.

The surety actually pays a valid claim initially, on the principal’s behalf, drawing against the credit approved for the principal when the bond was purchased. The principal is legally obligated to repay the surety for that debt. Failing to repay the debt can subject the principal to legal action by the surety to recover the funds.

 

Louisiana lottery bonds are sold for a premium that is a small percentage of the bond amount required by the obligee. The surety decides what that percentage (the premium rate) will be for each bond applicant based on an underwriting assessment of the risk involved in extending credit to the principal. The most influential measure of that risk is the principal’s personal credit score.

A high credit score is correlated with a low risk to the surety, resulting in a low premium rate, perhaps as low as 1%. On the other hand, a low credit score is indicative of a higher risk level and will result in a higher premium rate.

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