About The Lottery FAQ
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?
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?
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?
Who has oversight over the Lottery's operations?
Who owns the Lottery?
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.