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Rhode Island Lottery
Address: 1425 PONTIAC AVENUE CRANSTON, RHODE ISLAND 02920
Internet: www.rilot.com
E-mail Address: Gaubin@rilottery.com
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 2016: $875,361,988
Number of Employees: 55
Retailers: 1,216
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
IGT,Spielo,WMS
Games Offered: Numbers Game, Powerball, MegaMillions, Keno, Wild Money, Instant Games, Pull Tabs, Video Lottery.
Proceeds: State General Fund

 

Background

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.

 

Regional Lottery / Gaming News

 

News Archive for CY2018
August 27, 2018 Rhode Island and West Virginia Lotteries Opt for International Game Technology’s Sports Betting Platform
June 14, 2018 Rhode Island Bill Calls for the State Lottery to Regulate Sports Betting; But Says ‘No’ To Integrity Fee


News Archive for CY2017
October 4, 2017 Growing Competition Impacts Rhode Island Lottery Revenue


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

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