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Arkansas prepares for lottery's launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The director of the Arkansas Lottery says the start of sales will likely come with some problems. Scratch-off tickets go on sale one second after midnight Monday. Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue says he expects Monday to be a long day.

 More than 1,500 retailers have lottery terminals. In state that is launching its first-ever lottery, Passailaigue expects at least a few headaches. A series of events on Monday are aimed at tying the lottery to the millions of dollars in college scholarships the games are expected to fund.

A ceremony is planned to sell the ceremonial first ticket to Jim Purcell, director of the state Department of Higher Education.

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