How to Get a Lottery Retailer License in Virginia

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Who Licenses Lottery Retailers?

The Virginia Lottery Licensing Department issues Virginia lottery retailer licenses.

What Are the Steps in the Licensing Process?

If you visit the Virginia lottery website you will find a link to DocuSign. In DocuSign, you can either submit an online application or download one you can print and fill out by hand. You’ll also find an application checklist and instructions for completing the application and gathering the necessary information and documents. 

Your signed application authorizes the Virginia Lottery to run a credit check, criminal records check, and a check of your Virginia tax records. Once your application is approved, you’ll hear from your local Lottery Customer Service Center regarding the remaining steps in the licensing process. One of those steps is to obtain a Virginia lottery agent bond in an amount that will be determined based on your financial situation and anticipated lottery sales volume.

Why Is a Surety Bond Required?

Requiring lottery retailers to furnish a surety bond protects the Virginia Lottery and the public against financial loss stemming from their unlawful or unethical actions, such as misappropriating lottery funds. In mandating the purchase of a lottery bond, the Virginia Lottery (the bond’s obligee”) not only requires the lottery retailer (the bond’s “principal”) to abide by Commonwealth law and all lottery regulations but also ensures funds will be available for compensating those who experience monetary damages caused by the principal.

How Do They Work?

A Virginia lottery bond is a legally binding contract between the obligee, the principal, and a third party known as the “surety.” The surety is the bond’s guarantor, specifically guaranteeing the payment of claims by the bond’s principal. Although the principal is legally obligated to pay valid claims, the surety typically honors that guarantee by paying a claim initially and then being repaid by the principal. Not repaying the surety for claims paid on the principal’s behalf can result in the surety taking legal action against the surety to recover the funds. 

What Do They Cost?

Virginia lottery bonds are purchased for an annual premium that is a small percentage of the required bond amount. That percentage—the premium rate—is the result of an underwriting process that assesses the risk of the surety not being repaid for claims paid on the principal’s behalf. The primary factor in that assessment is the principal’s personal credit score.

The premium rate could be as low as 1% for a principal with a high credit score, which is a sign that the risk to the surety is low. Someone with a lower credit score is considered to present a higher risk, and the premium rate will also be higher.

Request a quote online or call today to speak with one of our surety bond experts about obtaining a Virginia lottery bond.

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Who Licenses Lottery Retailers?

The Virginia Lottery Licensing Department issues Virginia lottery retailer licenses.

If you visit the Virginia lottery website you will find a link to DocuSign. In DocuSign, you can either submit an online application or download one you can print and fill out by hand. You’ll also find an application checklist and instructions for completing the application and gathering the necessary information and documents. 

Your signed application authorizes the Virginia Lottery to run a credit check, criminal records check, and a check of your Virginia tax records. Once your application is approved, you’ll hear from your local Lottery Customer Service Center regarding the remaining steps in the licensing process. One of those steps is to obtain a Virginia lottery agent bond in an amount that will be determined based on your financial situation and anticipated lottery sales volume.

Requiring lottery retailers to furnish a surety bond protects the Virginia Lottery and the public against financial loss stemming from their unlawful or unethical actions, such as misappropriating lottery funds. In mandating the purchase of a lottery bond, the Virginia Lottery (the bond’s obligee”) not only requires the lottery retailer (the bond’s “principal”) to abide by Commonwealth law and all lottery regulations but also ensures funds will be available for compensating those who experience monetary damages caused by the principal.

A Virginia lottery bond is a legally binding contract between the obligee, the principal, and a third party known as the “surety.” The surety is the bond’s guarantor, specifically guaranteeing the payment of claims by the bond’s principal. Although the principal is legally obligated to pay valid claims, the surety typically honors that guarantee by paying a claim initially and then being repaid by the principal. Not repaying the surety for claims paid on the principal’s behalf can result in the surety taking legal action against the surety to recover the funds.

Virginia lottery bonds are purchased for an annual premium that is a small percentage of the required bond amount. That percentage—the premium rate—is the result of an underwriting process that assesses the risk of the surety not being repaid for claims paid on the principal’s behalf. The primary factor in that assessment is the principal’s personal credit score.

The premium rate could be as low as 1% for a principal with a high credit score, which is a sign that the risk to the surety is low. Someone with a lower credit score is considered to present a higher risk, and the premium rate will also be higher.

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