The North Carolina Education Lottery opened the bidding Wednesday for its advertising contract.
The 86-page request for proposal states the lottery commission intends to hire only one firm to help market scratch-off ticket games, which are projected to begin in early April, and automated numbers games, which could start in mid-June.
Firms must have their bids to the commission by Jan. 27, according to the tentative schedule released by the commission. Finalists will be announced Feb. 1, and the commission wants to make its choice Feb. 13.
Companies seeking to operate the scratch-off ticket and online games must file their bids by 4 p.m. Friday. The winning vendors are expected to be chosen in early February.