Do Louisiana's border states have lotteries?

Yes. Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas all have lotteries. 

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. 

The Louisiana Lottery is required by its statute to transfer at least 25% of its revenue to the state. As of fiscal year 2020, the Lottery has cumulatively contributed more than $3.9 billion to the state, averaging 35% of its revenue.

 

 

Does the Lottery get any money from the state?

The Lottery is totally self funded, retaining roughly 5 percent of its revenue to fund statewide operations, including its headquarters, five regional sales offices where players claim winning tickets, technology and conducting drawings, advertising, promotions and staffing. This also includes vendor fees for printing scratch-offs, and maintaining the draw gaming system hardware and software.

Does the Lottery have a member's club?

Yes! Join the Louisiana Lottery's FREE online players club—CLUB LOTTEAUX—for the latest updates on new games and promotions, plus winning numbers delivered to your email in-box after each nightly drawing. As a member, you are eligible to participate in opinion surveys about our games for the chance to win cool Lottery merchandise. Members can also receive the following benefits:

  • Daily Winning Numbers
  • New Game & Promotion Alerts
  • Members-Only Contests
  • Survey Participation

The catch? You must be at least 21 year of age and a Louisiana resident to join.

Once you've signed up, watch for a confirmation email from us. You'll need to click on the link to confirm your registration. Having trouble? Email us! 

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

According to the State Gaming Revenue Sources and Uses Report published in May 2019, Lottery transfers represented 18.4% of total gaming industry proceeds transferred to the state, but the Lottery’s share of total state gaming spending was only 6%. 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, was 75% compared to an effective tax rate of 32% 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 has 120 budgeted positions, including both full-time and part-time employees, in its downtown Baton Rouge headquarters, distribution center, as well as regional offices in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe.

Regional staff process and pay winning tickets and support Lottery retailers, including training, monitoring product inventory and point-of-sale opportunities, assisting with in-store promotions, resolving problems, explaining new games and changes and ensuring compliance with Lottery rules.

Operational management functions, including sales, accounting, auditing, marketing and public relations, human resources, security and information systems, are conducted from the Lottery’s corporate headquarters. The Lottery’s distribution center oversees inventory management and instant ticket order fulfillment.

 

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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. In fiscal year 2020, sales reached $509.1 million. 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 Louisiana Lottery 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 Lottery's annual proceeds 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% to 36%, took effect to dedicate Lottery proceeds for the Minimum Foundation Program, which funds public education in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Lottery is required by its statute to transfer at least 25% of its revenue to the state. The Louisiana Lottery has transferred more than $3.9 billion since its inception averaging 35% of its total revenue.

 

Where can I see current employment opportunities?

Employment opportunities at the Lottery can be viewed by clicking here

Where does the money from ticket sales go?

More than half of the Lottery's sales 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. In fiscal year 2020, $277.9 million went to prize winners, $179.1 million went to the state treasury to fund K-12 public education and $28.9 million was paid to Lottery retailers in commission and sales incentives. Finally, about 5% or $26.3 million was reserved to fund the Lottery's operations. 

 

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 six congressional districts and three 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 the past 22 years and was 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 25 percent of its revenue. To date, the Lottery has transferred more than $3.9 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.