Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is run by the government of Arkansas.
- 1 History
- 2 Arkansas Lottery Commission
- 3 Staff
- 4 Draw games timeline
- 5 Draw games
- 6 Play It Again
- 7 References
- 8 Sources
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. 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
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.
- 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)
- Ray Thornton, former Chair and also former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Susan Ward-Jones
- Derrick Smith
- Joe White
- Patty Shipp
- Mike Malone
- Steve Faris
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Multi-jurisdiction draw games
Decades of Dollars
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. Arkansas is the only lottery with Decades of Dollars that has yet to produce a top prize in the game.
Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky will end sales of Decades of Dollars with the October 16, 2014; the three lotteries will participate in the launch of Monopoly Millionaires' Club, a quasi-national game. (Decades will become a Virginia-only game.)
Monopoly Millionaires' Club (future)
Monopoly Millionaires' Club will begin sales on October 19, 2014 with drawings Fridays beginning October 24. Arkansas (along with Georgia and Kentucky as the three lotteries will leave Decades of Dollars) will participate in the launch of this game, which will add a television game show in 2015.
Lucky for Life (future)
Lucky for life began in 2009 in Connecticut and it will expand by 2015 offering 21 Lottery States Including Arkansas
Arkansas-only draw games
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 was originally to begin in February 2010, 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.
Natural State Jackpot
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
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.