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% 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.


When did the Lottery begin using automated drawing machines?

The Lottery began using automated drawing machines for daily Pick 3 drawings May 8, 1994. 

When did the Lottery launch its first raffle game?

The Lottery launched it's first-ever $10 raffle game, Millionaire Raffle, February 18, 2008.

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?

The Louisiana Lottery joined the multistate, multimillion-dollar jackpot game Powerball March 2, 1995. 

When was Pick 4 introduced?

Pick 4 was introduced March 1, 1999 with daily drawings.

When was Power Play added to Powerball?

The Power Play option was added to Powerball March 4, 2001, giving players the chance to increase certain winnings for an additional $1 per play.

When was the Lottery started?

In July 1990, the Legislature prepared a constitutional amendment allowing the creation of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. On October 6, voters approved the amendment by a 7 to 3 margin.