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Lottery Tickets On The Way To N.C. Stores

Posted March 29, 2006 6:42 a.m. EST

— Brown UPS trucks are leaving Raleigh Tuesday, taking 103 million lottery tickets to vendors across the state, so folks can snap them up on Thursday, when the new North Carolina lottery starts.

Lottery Director Tom Shaheen said on a conference call Tuesday that the $154 million worth of tickets were being transported by UPS Tuesday and would arrive to vendors on Wednesday.


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The tickets will go on sale on Thursday morning at 6 a.m., with the first ceremonial ticket sale going to Howard Lee, chairman of the North Carolina Board of Education.

The $154 million in tickets doesn't equal 154 million tickets because some tickets cost $2 and $5, Shaheen explained on the conference call with reporters.

Lottery officials are spending the week tweaking their plans and explaining to vendors the intricacies of the sales. Some reminders include making sure that retailers keep displays stocked with tickets and that they keep enough cash on hand in their stores to pay out wins under $600.

On Monday, the first lottery ads hit the air on TV and radio.