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Rhode Island Lottery
E-mail Address:
Phone: (401) 463-6500
Fax: (401) 463-5669
Population: 1,053,209
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Interim Lottery Director: Gerald S. Aubin
Year Lottery Founded: May 1974
Sales FY 2000
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Sales FY 2012:
$864.09 million
$978.36 million
$1,171 million
$1,290 million
$1,480 million
$1,636 million
$1,731 million
$1,805 million
$719.00 million
Number of Employees: 55
Retailers: 1,202
On-line Vendor: GTECH
July 1, 2003 June 30, 2023
Instant Ticket Vendor(s): Scientific Games
July 1, 2007 June 30, 2010
GTECH Printing Corporation
July 1, 2007 June 30, 2010
Advertising: In house
ITVMs Interlott
VLT(s) GTech
Games Offered: Numbers Game, Powerball, MegaMillions, Keno, Wild Money, Instant Games, Pull Tabs, Video Lottery.
Proceeds: State General Fund



Voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery in November 1973 by more than a three-to-one margin. Legislation was passed the following spring and the Rhode Island Lottery began ticket sales on May 21, 1974, with a 50-cent weekly passive game called The Lot.
The Lottery launched a daily Numbers Game in February 1976, followed by its first instant game, Play Ball, three months later. With the introduction of a computerized gaming system in February 1978, total sales doubled. In 1981, 4/40 was the Lottery’s first lotto game. Rhode Island was one of the founding members of MUSL, and Lotto*America was launched in 1988.
The Lottery’s current selection of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Wild Money, Numbers Game and the New England regional game Lucky for Life. Fast-draw keno is also offered, and Rhode Island was the second American lottery to launch that monitor game in 1992.
In January 1975, Rhode Island was the first state to televise a live lottery drawing at no expense to the Lottery. Also that year, it was the first Lottery to have a weekly television program.
Much of the Lottery’s business now comes from video lottery terminals, which were implemented in 1992 at the state’s two pari-mutuel facilities. The games have done extremely well in recent years despite competition from two major tribal casinos in nearby Connecticut.
The Rhode Island Lottery is the largest voluntary source of income for the state. Proceeds are sent to the state’s General Fund, where revenues are distributed among the state’s 39 communities for programs in human services, education, general government, public safety and natural resources. Additionally, certain funds are allocated to the Distressed Communities Relief Fund.


News Archive for CY2016
May 23, 2016 'Heritage Hall of Fame Baseball Lottery Game" Bill Referred to House Finance Committee
May 12, 2016 Lottery Says Daily Fantasy Sports a Form of Gambling, Cannot be Lawfully Regulated

News Archive for CY2015
October 11, 2015 Annual Lottery Payment to R.I. General Fund Up $5.6 Million
October 7, 2015 IGT Creates Mobile Player Convenience Apps for Rhode Island Lottery and Tennessee Lottery Corporation
September 30, 2015 Rhode Island Lottery Unveils New App
September 16, 2015 Father of Rhode Island’s Lottery John Hawkins Dies at Age 80

News Archive for CY2014
October 14, 2014 Rhode Island Lottery’s Payout to State Down in Comparison to Last Fiscal Year
June 1, 2014 Lottery Celebrates 40th Anniversary
May 7, 2014 Rhode Island Lottery Adds a Midday Drawing To The Numbers Game
January 27, 2014 PowerBall Creates 9 Millionaires a Week in Rhode Island
January 24, 2014 Rhode Island Listed in Top Ten for Lottery Ticket Sales
December 24, 2013 New Year’s Without the Excitement of the Million Dollar Raffle

News Archive for CY2013
November 22, 2013) Rhode Island Lottery RFP for Video Lottery Technology Providers Marketing and Sponsorship
September 4, 2013 "LUCKY FOR LIFE®" To Get A Lot Livelier
August 7, 2013 State Enters into Interim Agreement for the Benefit of Problem Gamblers
July 27, 2013 Lottery Director Moves Swiftly to Address Need for States Compulsive Gambling Treatment Service
July 9, 2013 Rhode Island Lottery Commended Once Again for High Standards in Accounting and Financial Reporting
January 21, 2013 Proposed Massachusetts Gambling Facilities Estimated to Have Significant Impact on RI Lottery Revenue
January 7, 2013 Rhode Island Lottery Request for Proposal Instant Ticket Printing Services


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