The state lottery commission will decide which vendors will offer the games by Feb. 3.
Retailers who want to be able to sell tickets when the first scratch-off games begin April 5 should apply by Feb. 3. Eligibility requirements for retailers are described on the lottery's Web site, www.lottery.nc.gov.
For telephone inquiries, call the N.C. Education Lottery office at 715-6886.
Additional games are scheduled to begin in June and July.
State and federal investigations into events that preceded the lottery's approval by the legislature have not been completed. No charges have been filed.