As of Friday morning, Conway has five retail locations designated as lottery retailers. 

Two Murphy USA gas stations, on Harkrider Street and Dave Ward Drive; two Satterfield stations, on East Oak and Dave Ward Drive; and a Tobacco Superstore on Dave Ward Drive have been approved to sell lottery tickets. 

The scratch-off ticket sales are slated to begin Sept. 28. 

Joe White of Conway, who serves on the Arkansas Lottery Commission, said numerous applications have been received from the area that have not yet been licensed or approved.

"Other applications are in and are in process," White said, noting that the number of retailers will change as the process goes forward. "It is an ongoing process. We hope to have retailers processed as soon as possible. It is all about the scholarships."

The two Murphy stations were among the 57 retailers licensed earlier in the week, according to Corinda Griffith, permits administrator for Murphy Oil in El Dorado.

Even after ticket sales begin, White said retailers can still apply to sell lottery tickets. 

"If a retailer is not convinced they want to sell right now, one month from now or six months from now, they can still apply," White said.

Lottery commission sales and marketing representatives, who are commission employees, are calling on retailers and prospective retailers within the state. 

"They call on some of the retailers who have not applied and then they can make a decision if they want to," White said.

Intralot, the vendor for scratch-off tickets, has set up a warehouse in Maumelle for the tickets, which will be printed in Georgia. 

White said he wasn’t certain when the first tickets would arrive and that he had heard varying dates for retailers to begin receiving their supplies.

"I would say that there will be a lot of activity and delivering supplies within the two weeks leading to Sept. 28," he said.

The commission’s staff is working seven days a week at this point to ensure all things are ready before sales begin. 

"There is a lot going on and a lot to be done. We have come a long way in a short time," White said.

White said he is looking forward to awarding the first scholarships from the lottery sales. The first scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2010.