The lottery will start with four scratch-offs ― a $1, two $2 and one $5 scratcher.
"I'm for it," said Johnny Hammond, 65, as he filled up his coffee mug at White Oak Station in Salem. "It's better that the money stays here than for it to be spent in Missouri."
With the Missouri line only an ear shot away, locals have developed a taste for the Missouri Lottery over the years, a taste that should turn toward the in-state lotto very soon. At least, that is what Arkansas Lottery supporters are betting on.
Lottery vendors across the state are in the process of receiving training on state lottery sales by Intralot, the vendor for the Arkansas Lottery, said Bridgette Frazier, attorney for the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
In Fulton County, White Oak Station and Flash Markets in Salem, Viola and Glencoe will all carry lottery tickets, according to ALC data.
"The lottery will roll out new games every month or so," Frasier said. Opening the lottery in Arkansas allows money to stay within the state and support Arkansas students seeking their education. All net proceeds from the lottery will go toward the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
All Arkansas Lottery scholarship recipients will receive scholarships or grants for non-profit, public and private, two and four-year colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Lottery Commission Web site.
Power Ball will launch in Arkansas on Oct. 31 at 12:01 a.m. The Power Ball will draw twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The lottery is considering the launch of Pick-3 or Pick-4 on Dec. 14, Frasier said.
Retail locations for the Arkansas Lottery in Fulton County include Flash Market in Salem, Glencoe and Viola and White Oak Station in Salem.
In Sharp County the tickets will be sold at Flash Market in Hardy, Evening Shade, Ash Flat and Cave City; Hardy Auction & Pawn Shop in Williford; In & Out Tobacco in Highland; Murphy USA in Ash Flat; Red Mule Mart in Highland; Rebel Station in Hardy; and White Oak Station in Hardy.
In Izard County, tickets will be available at Flash Market in Calico Rock; Giefer's Possum Trot Store in Melbourne; Melbourne Pit Stop in Melbourne; T-Mart in Mount Pleasant; Tobacco Superstore in Melbourne; Red Mule Station in Melbourne; and Snappy Mart in Horseshoe Bend.