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Suite 101 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 68509-8901
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||Instants - Nebraska Pick 5® -
Powerball® - 2 by 2.
||Education Innovation Fund (49.5%), Nebraska
Environmental Trust Fund (49.5%), Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1%)
In November 1992, 63 percent of Nebraska voters
approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery. Legislation
creating the Nebraska Lottery was passed in February 1993, and ticket sales
began on September 11 of that year. The first game was Nebraska Match 3, a $1
Powerball was the Lotterys first draw game, with
sales beginning in July 1994. It was immediate success, boosted by having a
local jackpot winner just nine days after launch.
In addition to Powerball,
the Nebraska Lotterys current lineup of draw games includes Mega
Millions, 2by2, Nebraska Pick 5, Nebraska Pick 3 and MyDaY, a lotto-style game
based on dates rather than straight numbers.
The original enabling
legislation divided Lottery proceeds between the Education Innovation Fund, the
Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund.
In 2004, voters approved an amendment that established a new distribution
formula for lottery beneficiaries:
- Education, 44.5 percent, as directed by the
legislature; currently allocated between the Education Innovation Fund and the
Nebraska Opportunity Grand Fund.
- Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, 44.5
- Nebraska State Fair, 10 percent.
- Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, one percent,
plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year.