Do Louisiana's border states have lotteries?

Texas and Arkansas have lotteries. Mississippi currently does not have a lottery, although Mississippi does have casinos.

Does the Lottery determine how proceeds are spent?

No, the state's constitution dictates how Lottery proceeds are to be directed. Effective July 1, 2004, the state constitution provides that Lottery proceeds be dedicated to the Minimum Foundation Program, which funds public education in Louisiana. The dedication was a result of a 2003 constitutional amendment which was passed by voters, 64 percent to 36 percent.

Does the Lottery get any money from the state?

The Lottery is totally self funded, retaining around 6 percent of its revenue to fund statewide operations including its headquarters, five regional offices, distribution center, technology needs, staffing and ticket printing. According to an efficiency study conducted by TLF Publications, Louisiana ranked first among U.S. lotteries in percentage of revenue transferred to their government.

How does Lottery revenue and proceeds compare to other forms of gaming in Louisiana?

The Lottery is the only state-owned form of gaming in Louisiana. According to a report from the Legislative Fiscal Office data for 2012, Lottery transfers represents 19 percent of total gaming industry proceeds transferred to the state, but the Lottery's share of total state gaming spending is only 5.6 percent. The reason for this difference is the effective tax rate. The Lottery's effective tax rate, which is the share of net revenue after prize expense transferred to the state, is 76.2 percent compared to an effective tax rate of 30.2 percent for video poker, the next highest taxed form of gaming.

How does the Lottery discourage underage play?

Although the LLC is not engaged in law enforcement, it aggressively promotes the 21 minimum age requirement by printing it on all tickets, news releases, sales material and signage, as well as reinforcing the message in retailer training and communication. In addition, the LLC is a member of the Louisiana Responsible Vendor Program which establishes mandatory training and certifies vendors on minimum age requirements for alcohol, tobacco and lottery sales.

How many people work for the Lottery?

The Lottery employs roughly 125 people, including both full-time and part-time employees in its Baton Rouge headquarters and distribution center, as well as regional offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.

Is the Lottery meeting sales expectations?

The legislature's decision to pursue a state lottery was based on a 1989 study indicating expected sales between $129 million and $164 million, which the Louisiana Lottery has far exceeded every year. This is especially noteworthy considering the proliferation of additional, competing gaming venues in Louisiana, which have occurred since the Lottery was created.

What does the Lottery do to promote playing responsibly?

The LLC is concerned about the issue of problem gambling. Toward that end, the Lottery includes the Department of Health and Hospitals' problem gambling hotline number on all tickets, advertising, news releases and sales materials, as well as periodically conducting "play responsibly" public service campaigns. In addition, $500,000 of the LLC's annual proceeds transferred to the state are earmarked for problem gambling programs, as outlined in the Lottery's statute.

What is the Lottery's mission statement?

To generate the maximum revenue for the state of Louisiana while upholding the highest standards of integrity and public trust.

When did Lottery proceeds begin being dedicated to K-12 public education?

Since the Lottery's inception, proceeds from the sale of Lottery tickets have been utilized primarily for K-12 public education. However, on July 1, 2004, a constitutional amendment, which was passed by voters 64 percent to 36 percent, took effect to dedicate Lottery proceeds for the Minimum Foundation Program, which funds public education in Louisiana.

Where does the money from ticket sales go?

More than 50 cents of every dollar goes to tens of thousands of Lottery winners every week. Unclaimed prizes are returned to players in the form of increased payouts on our scratch-offs games and special promotions. At least 35 cents of every dollar goes to the state treasury, as defined by the Lottery's statute. Around 6 cents of every dollar is used to operate the Lottery, which is completely self funded. At least 5 cents of every dollar, in addition to incentives and bonuses, is paid as commission to Louisiana businesses who sell Lottery games.

Who has oversight over the Lottery's operations?

To ensure the highest level of accountability, the following entities have varying degrees of oversight over the corporation, including review of its budget and administrative rules and drawings: Governor of Louisiana, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Senate Judiciary B Committee, House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice and Office of the Legislative Auditor. The president of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation handles the daily activities involved with running the corporation under the supervision of the LLC's nine-member, governing board of directors. Board members are appointed to staggered terms from each of Louisiana's seven congressional districts and two members are appointed at large with one of those at large members being selected from a list of five candidates submitted by the Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association. Each member is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Louisiana Senate before beginning a four-year term. The state treasurer serves as an ex-officio board member. The state Attorney General's office represents the corporation in legal matters. In addition to a succession of annual unqualified opinions from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, the LLC has received recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting for last nine years and is the first Lottery in the country to receive industry verification of its quality assurance processes.

Who owns the Lottery?

Louisiana's citizens! The Lottery's mission is to generate maximum revenues for the state of Louisiana, which is the corporation's sole shareholder. Although many Louisiana businesses benefit indirectly from having a state lottery, only the state directly receives LLC profits which amount to at least 35 percent of its revenue. To date, the Lottery has transferred more than $2.8 billion to the state treasury.

Who runs the Lottery?

Public trust is paramount to the Lottery's success. To ensure the highest level of accountability, the following have varying degrees of oversight over the corporation, including review of its budget and administrative rules and drawings: the Governor of Louisiana, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Senate Judiciary B Committee, House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice and the Office of the Legislative Auditor. In addition, the president of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation handles the daily activities involved with running the corporation under the supervision of the LLC's nine-member, governing board of directors. Board members are appointed to staggered terms from each of Louisiana's six congressional districts and three members are appointed at-large. Each member is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Louisiana Senate before beginning a four-year term. The state treasurer serves as an ex-officio board member. In addition to a succession of annual "unqualified" opinions from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, the LLC continues to receive recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting.