Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
Skyline of Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is run by the government of Arkansas.

History[edit]

On November 4, 2008, Arkansas voters approved a ballot question legalizing the sale of lottery tickets there. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act establishes a Commission to oversee the operation of the Lottery in Arkansas (see Arkansas Lottery Commission below). On July 1, 2009, Arkansas voted to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); it was the 33rd lottery to join.

Ticket buyers must be at least 18, which is the usual minimum age for US lotteries, but lower than in neighboring Louisiana. Video lottery is prohibited. Arkansas started selling scratch off tickets on September 28, 2009. Powerball tickets went on sale on October 31, 2009.[1] Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Arkansas on January 31, 2010.

Arkansas conducts its in-house draw games using a random number generator (RNG); it is believed to be the first US lottery to begin with computerized drawings. Balls and drawing machines are not used by the Lottery, although this "classic" drawing method is used in Arkansas' multi-jurisdictional games (Decades of Dollars, Mega Millions, and Powerball.)

Arkansas Lottery Commission[edit]

Subchapter 2 of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act establishes the creation of the Arkansas Lottery Commission. The subchapter establishes the Commission or Lottery as a self-supporting and revenue-raising agency of the state. The commission has 9 members by law, of whom three are appointed by the Governor, three are appointed by the Speaker of the state House of Representatives, and three are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the state Senate. After the initial appointment of commissioners, the normal term of each commissioner is six years. Commissioners may not serve more than two terms of six years and may not be General Assembly members or anyone in their immediate family.

Current Commissioners

  • Dr. George Hammons, Chair (Pine Bluff)
  • John C. (Smokey) Campbell, III, Vice Chair (Hot Springs)
  • Ben Pickard, Past Immediate Chair (Searcy)
  • Dianne Lamberth,(Batesville)
  • Bruce R. Engstrom (North Little Rock)
  • Raymond Frazier (Little Rock)
  • Mark Scott (Bentonville)
  • Doug Pierce (Jonesboro)
  • Julie Baldridge (Little Rock)

Former Commissioners

Staff[edit]

  • Bishop Woosley, Director
  • Jean Block, Chief Legal Counsel
  • Jerry Fetzer, Chief Fiscal Officer
  • Valerie Basham, Director of Human Resources
  • Joanna Bunten, Director of Advertising & Marketing
  • Lance Huey, Director of Security
  • Timothy Parrish, Director of Treasury
  • Mike Smith, Director of Gaming
  • Robert Stebbins, Director of Sales

Draw games timeline[edit]

  • October 31, 2009 - Powerball tickets went on sale
  • November 4, 2009 - First Powerball drawing including Arkansas was held
  • December 14, 2009 - Cash 3 tickets went on sale
  • January 2, 2010 - Arkansas's first Powerball jackpot winner[2]
  • January 31, 2010 - Mega Millions tickets went on sale
  • February 2, 2010 - First Mega Millions drawing including Arkansas was held
  • July 12, 2010 - Cash 4 tickets went on sale [3]
  • July 14, 2010 - Million Dollar Raffle tickets became available.
  • May 2011 - Arkansas joins Decades of Dollars, which began in January 2011 in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia.

Current Instant Win Games[edit]

Price Point Game Number Game Name
$1 211 Holiday Gold
207 Full of 50's
192 Fast $100
189 Senic Arkansas
188 Did I Win?
182 10X The Cash
179 3 Times Lucky
171 Junior Jumbo Bucks
170 PAC-MAN(TM)
167 Hit $50!
163 Deuces Wild
116 Double Dough
159 Shooting Stars
154 4's Galore
144 Star Spangled Cash
$2 214 Wild 10's
208 Money Roll
205 Betty Boop (TM)
203 Whole Lotta 100's
199 Football
193 Fast $200
190 Monopoly (TM)
186 Fantastic 5's
183 20X The Cash
177 Lady Jumbo Bucks
175 Tattoo Doubler
172 Fat Cat Tripler
168 Hit $200!
164 Buck$ and Duck$
160 Pink Panther
156 Piggy Bank
152 Raining Gems
140 Sunny Money
$3 209 LOTERIA (TM)
204 Daily Crossword
196 Hot Bingo
180 Queen of Hearts
173 Super Crossword
161 Pink Diamond Bingo
151 Diamond Mine
148 Emerald Riches
$5 215 Emerald Green 8's
212 Holiday Magic
202 Quick Grand
201 Cool Turquoise 7's
200 Bass Pro Shops (R)
197 Big Money
194 Fast $500
187 American Muscle (R)
184 50X The Cash
181 EZ Grand
169 Hit $500!
165 Aces and 8's
158 Black Pearls
157 Family Feud (R)
147 Solid Gold
146 Red Hot Fiery 5's
$10 213 Diamond 7's
198 $500,000 Mega Fortune
195 Fast $5,000
191 Money Money Money
185 100X The Cash
176 $250,000 Taxes Paid
166 Diamond Fortune
142 Wild 10's
119 In The Money
104 Money Maker
$20 206 Millionaire Madness
178 Arkansas $2,000,000 Gold Rush
153 $1,000,000 Riches


Drawing games[edit]

Multi-jurisdiction draw games[edit]

Decades of Dollars (4 lotteries)[edit]

Main article: Decades of Dollars

Decades of Dollars began on January 30, 2011, in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia; Arkansas joined that May.

Players choose 6 of 47 numbers for each $2 game. Any ticket with at least two numbers wins; three matches win $10, four numbers, $100, or five numbers, $10,000 (with a $250,000 liability limit across the four jurisdictions.)

Matching all six numbers wins $250,000 per year in 30 installments; a cash option of $4,000,000 is available. There have been six top-prize winners to date; all have chosen the cash option. Arkansas is the only lottery with Decades of Dollars that has yet to produce a top prize in the game.

Arkansas will end sales of Decades of Dollars in January 2015; it will be replaced by Lucky for Life, which will become a quasi-national game, competing against Cash4Life. (Lucky for Life began in 2009 is a Connecticut-only game, Lucky4Life.)

Mega Millions (45 lotteries)[edit]

Main article: Mega Millions

Powerball (45 lotteries)[edit]

Main article: Powerball

Arkansas-only draw games[edit]

Cash 3[edit]

Cash 3 is a game that has 13 drawings weekly (twice daily except Sundays). It began on December 14, 2009. Prices, prizes, and options vary.

Cash 4[edit]

Cash 4 was originally to begin in February 2010,[4] but was delayed until July 2010. It also has 13 weekly drawings. Prices, prizes, and options will vary; the maximum prize is $5,000 on a $1 play.[3]

Natural State Jackpot[edit]

On August 27, 2012 sell of tickets as part of the Natural State Jackpot will begin. The Natural State Jackpot will be similar to the Arkansas Cash 3 and Cash 4 games, except there will be 5 winning numbers drawn. Drawings will occur via use of random number generator, and will take place 6 nights per week. Average jackpot is expected to be approximately $150,000.

Play It Again[edit]

Every Arkansas Scholarship Lottery instant game qualifies for entry into a "Play It Again" drawing. When the game is over, the top cash prize winner will be selected randomly from all qualifying entries for that game.

Some player-favorite games like Jumbo Bucks may always be available to play. Periodically, there will be second chance drawings scheduled to award the top prize from those games.[5]

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