CHAPTER 5. RETAILERS
§9050. Lottery retailers; selection; fees; suspension, revocation, or termination of contract; purchase or lease of on-line equipment; contracts not transferable or assignable; payment of prize; sales tax exemption
A. The legislature hereby recognizes that to conduct a successful lottery, the corporation must develop and maintain a statewide network of lottery retailers that will serve the public convenience and promote the sale of tickets, while insuring the integrity of the lottery operations, games, and activities.
B. To govern the selection of lottery retailers, the board shall, by administrative regulation, develop a list of objective criteria upon which the selection of lottery retailers shall be based. Separate criteria shall be developed to govern the selection of retailers of instant tickets and on-line retailers. In developing these criteria, the board shall consider such factors as the applicant's financial responsibility, security of the applicant's place of business or activity, integrity, and reputation; however, the board shall not consider political affiliation, activities, or monetary contributions to political organizations or candidates for any public office. The criteria shall include but not be limited to the following:
(1) The applicant shall be current in payment of all taxes, interest, and penalties owed to any taxing political subdivision where the lottery retailer will sell lottery tickets.
(2) The applicant shall be current in filing all applicable tax returns and in payment of all taxes, interest, and penalties owed to the state of Louisiana, excluding items under formal appeal pursuant to applicable statutes, before a license is issued and before each renewal.
(3) No person, partnership, unincorporated association, corporation, or other business entity shall be selected as a lottery retailer for the sale of instant tickets or on-line games who:
(a) Has been convicted of a criminal offense related to the security or integrity of the lottery in this or any other jurisdiction.
(b) Has been convicted of any illegal gambling activity, false statements, false swearing, or perjury in this or any other jurisdiction, or convicted of any crime punishable by more than one year imprisonment or a fine of more than one thousand dollars, or both.
(c) Has been found to have violated the provisions of this Subtitle or any administrative regulation adopted hereunder, unless either ten years have passed since the violation, or the president and the board find the violation both minor and unintentional in nature.
(d) Is a vendor or an employee or agent of any vendor doing business with the corporation.
(e) Resides in the same household as an officer of the corporation.
(f) Has made a statement of material fact to the corporation, knowing such statement to be false.
Acts 1990, No. 1045, §1, eff. Nov. 7, 1990; Acts 2001, No. 716, §1, eff. July 1, 2001.