How to Become a Lottery Retailer in New Jersey

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 New Jersey. 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?

Before you can start selling lottery tickets in the state of New Jersey, you must first be licensed by the New Jersey Lottery Commission.

What Are the Steps in the Licensing Process?

The first step in becoming licensed as a full service lottery retailer in New Jersey is to call 1-800-545-4321 and express your interest in applying for a license. A lottery sales representative will contact you and guide you through the process.

Your signature on the completed license application will authorize the New Jersey Lottery Commission to check your credit history and conduct a criminal records check. The goal is to ensure that you meet the Commission’s financial responsibility standards and will not pose a financial risk to the New Jersey Lottery. In some cases, if there are concerns about an applicant’s finances, the Commission may require a surety bond as a condition for obtaining a lottery retailer license. The amount of the bond will be determined by the Commission (the “obligee” requiring the bond).

Why Is a Surety Bond Required?

A lottery agent bond obligates a licensed lottery retailer (known as the bond’s “principal”) to abide by all applicable laws and lottery regulations in conducting lottery business. Infractions, such as misappropriating lottery funds, can easily cause a monetary loss for the state. When there is a violation that causes the New Jersey Lottery financial harm, the retailer’s lottery bond provides a way to recover damages.

How Do They Work?

Lottery bonds are legally binding contracts among three parties: the obligee, the principal, and the bond’s guarantor (the “surety”). The principal is legally obligated to pay all valid claims against the bond, but the surety has guaranteed their payment. Because of that guarantee, the surety will first make sure that a claim is valid and then will go ahead and pay it on the principal’s behalf. That payment is made from a line of credit established for the principal at the time the bond was purchased. It is a loan to the principal, not a gift, and must be repaid according to the terms established by the surety. Failing to repay the surety will result in the surety suing the principal to recover what is owed.

What Do They Cost?

New Jersey lottery bonds are subject to underwriting—a process that determines not only whether a bond application will be approved but also what the premium rate will be. The main underwriting concern is the principal’s financial situation and the risk the surety will be taking on in agreeing to extend credit to the principal for the payment of claims. The biggest risk is that the surety will not be repaid for claims paid on the principal’s behalf and will have to take the matter to court to recover the debt.

The underwriters’ risk assessment leans heavily on the principal’s personal credit score. The higher the credit score, the lower the risk and vice versa. Low risk results in a low premium rate, perhaps less than 1%. And high risk 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 New Jersey. 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?

Before you can start selling lottery tickets in the state of New Jersey, you must first be licensed by the New Jersey Lottery Commission.

 

The first step in becoming licensed as a full service lottery retailer in New Jersey is to call 1-800-545-4321 and express your interest in applying for a license. A lottery sales representative will contact you and guide you through the process.

Your signature on the completed license application will authorize the New Jersey Lottery Commission to check your credit history and conduct a criminal records check. The goal is to ensure that you meet the Commission’s financial responsibility standards and will not pose a financial risk to the New Jersey Lottery. In some cases, if there are concerns about an applicant’s finances, the Commission may require a surety bond as a condition for obtaining a lottery retailer license. The amount of the bond will be determined by the Commission (the “obligee” requiring the bond).

A lottery agent bond obligates a licensed lottery retailer (known as the bond’s “principal”) to abide by all applicable laws and lottery regulations in conducting lottery business. Infractions, such as misappropriating lottery funds, can easily cause a monetary loss for the state. When there is a violation that causes the New Jersey Lottery financial harm, the retailer’s lottery bond provides a way to recover damages.

Lottery bonds are legally binding contracts among three parties: the obligee, the principal, and the bond’s guarantor (the “surety”). The principal is legally obligated to pay all valid claims against the bond, but the surety has guaranteed their payment. Because of that guarantee, the surety will first make sure that a claim is valid and then will go ahead and pay it on the principal’s behalf. That payment is made from a line of credit established for the principal at the time the bond was purchased. It is a loan to the principal, not a gift, and must be repaid according to the terms established by the surety. Failing to repay the surety will result in the surety suing the principal to recover what is owed.

New Jersey lottery bonds are subject to underwriting—a process that determines not only whether a bond application will be approved but also what the premium rate will be. The main underwriting concern is the principal’s financial situation and the risk the surety will be taking on in agreeing to extend credit to the principal for the payment of claims. The biggest risk is that the surety will not be repaid for claims paid on the principal’s behalf and will have to take the matter to court to recover the debt.

The underwriters’ risk assessment leans heavily on the principal’s personal credit score. The higher the credit score, the lower the risk and vice versa. Low risk results in a low premium rate, perhaps less than 1%. And high risk warrants a higher premium rate.

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