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.
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State and federal investigations into events that preceded the lottery's approval by the legislature have not been completed. No charges have been filed.