Lottery History FAQ
How did the Lottery begin?
Looking for a way for the state to generate revenue without increasing taxes, the 1990 Louisiana Legislature approved Act 1045 amending the state's constitution to create a state lottery. Due to its unique operations, the legislature recognized a corporate structure would best suit the Lottery. Voters also liked the idea and passed a constitutional amendment creating the Lottery on Oct. 6, 1990 by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin statewide. The Lottery sold its first scratch-off ticket Sept. 6, 1991.
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.
When did Lotto begin being drawn twice a week?
December 4, 1996. A second weekly drawing is added to Lotto for drawings on Wednesday and Saturdays and the minimum jackpot prize is reduced from $500,000 to $250,000.
When did Lotto begin?
January 22, 1992. The first on-line jackpot game, Lotto, is introduced and the first drawing is conducted nine days later.
When did Powerball begin offering a lump-sum cash option?
November 2, 1997. In response to increased population base, Powerball odds of winning the jackpot increase from 1 in 55 million to 1 in 80 million, while lower tier prizes are enhanced and odds are lowered. A lump-sum cash option for jackpot prize payment is also added.
When did the Lottery begin using automated drawing machines?
May 8, 1994. The Lottery begins using automated drawing machines for daily Pick 3 drawings.
When did the Lottery launch it's first raffle game?
February 18, 2008. The Lottery launches it's first-ever $10 raffle game, Millionaire Raffle.
When did the Lottery sell its first ticket?
On September 6, 1991, The first instant scratch-off game, Louisiana Treasures, went on sale.
When did the Louisiana Lottery join Powerball?
March 2, 1995. The Louisiana Lottery joins the multistate, multimillion-dollar jackpot game, Powerball, which began three years earlier in April 1992.
When was Easy 5 relaunched?
September 16, 2007, the Lottery relaunches Easy 5, with a starting pari-mutuel cash jackpot of $50,000 and the first drawing occurs September 19.