Tennessee Lottery Begins January 20th

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Anticipation for a new Tennessee lottery is high.

Brandon Eidson, lottery player says, "Why drive 40 or 50 miles when you can go to the store right across the street?"

But in Kentucky lottery retailers could lose big time. Estimates show once the Tennessee Lottery is fully operational the Kentucky Lottery could see a sales decrease between $70-$75 million a year.

Eidson says, "I think it will change quite a bit. More money's gonna stay in the state of Tennessee."

But Keith Reecer says he doesn't think it will hurt his store on the Tennessee/Kentucky border

Keith Reecer, Kentucky lottery retailer, says, "We really don't know what to expect yet. Tomorrow's the first day. They've only got scratch-offs and that's all they're gonna have for two or three months, so I don't look at it to effect me much. "

Tennessee retailers are stocking the shelves today in hopes of strong sales tomorrow

The Stop N' Go store in Portland, TN has high hopes.

Burgandy Harper, a Tennessee lottery retailer, says, "They're just starting scratch offs tomorrow. And I guess they're thinking quite a few are gonna get sold, like millions."

They've also had to do a lot to get prepared.

Harper says, "We had to go to a three-hour seminar, and we just got our scratch-offs in today. So we have to rearrange the store a little bit."

Still, Keith Reecer says the Tennessee Lottery isn't a threat.

Reecer says, "You know sometimes competition is good for business, so it could make it better."

The only true test is time.

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