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South Dakota Lottery
Address: 711 EAST WELLS AVENUE PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA 57501
Internet: www.sdlottery.org
E-mail Address: lottery@state.sd.us
Phone: (605) 773-5770
Fax: (605) 773-5786
Population: 812,383
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Norman Lingle
Year Lottery Founded: 1987
Sales FY 2015: $250,309,863
Sales Per Capita: $911
Number of Employees: 33
Retailers: 610
On-line Vendor: Gtech
January 30, 2009 August 2, 2014
Instant Ticket Vendor: Sci Games
September 28, 2010 September 28, 2013
Advertising: Robert Sharp & Associates
July 1, 2008 July 1, 2010
VLT(s) Sci Games
Games Offered: Instant, Powerball, Dakota Cash , Wild Card, Hot Lotto and VLTs.
Beneficiaries: Property Tax Reduction Fund, Capital Construction and General Fund
Jurisdiction: South Dakota -- USA


Lottery Financials

FY2014 Annual Report PDF (2.67 MB)
FY2013 Annual Report PDF (10.22 MB)
FY2015 Annual Report PDF (1.35 MB)


Background Information

 

In November 1986, 60 percent of the electorate in a statewide referendum approved a constitutional amendment allowing a state lottery. The following April, a lottery bill authorizing instant tickets was signed into law, and the South Dakota Lottery began ticket sales on September 30, 1987, with a Match 3 scratch ticket. By the third week, sales reached $2.5 million, and within three months, the Lottery repaid its $1.5 million startup loan to the state.
For the next two years, the idea of video lottery was studied intensely. One measure fell just short in 1988, but video lottery legislation was finally passed in March 1989, creating the country’s first lottery-operated VLT network. The games began operating in October that year. They were briefly shut down in 1994 when ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, but reinstated when voters approved an amendment authorizing them in November. Over the years, efforts to repeal video lottery were rejected by voters every time.
The South Dakota Lottery’s third product took another act of legislation, as a bill allowing lotto games was signed into law in February 1990. The multistate Lotto*America was the first lotto game offered. Dakota Cash was the Lottery’s first in-state game when it debuted in April 1993. Tri-West Lotto, one of the industry’s first regional games, was added in February 1994; also participating were Idaho and Montana.
The Lottery’s current draw games include Powerball, Mega Millions, Dakota Cash, Wild Card 2 and Hot Lotto Sizzler.
Since 1997, Lottery proceeds have been transferred to three main beneficiaries, the state’s General Fund, the Capital Construction Fund and the Property Tax Reduction Fund, as follows:

  • The General Fund receives all scratch ticket revenue and the first $1.4 million in revenue from the sale of lotto games. Each year, nearly half of the entire General Fund is used to support local K-12 schools and state universities and technical institutes.
  • The Capital Construction Fund receives revenue from lotto games in excess of $1.4 million annually. Local communities use these funds to pay for rural water systems, community drinking water and wastewater improvement projects, and recycling and waste disposal programs.
  • The Property Tax Reduction Fund receives net revenue from video lottery terminals. This fund reduces local property taxes on owneroccupied and agricultural land by 30 percent.

Prior to 1997, the General Fund received VLT revenues and all lotto revenues, the latter dedicated for corrections facility construction

 

News Archice for CY2017
March 17, 2017 South Dakota Lottery Commission plans to Add Another Game

 

News Archice for CY2016
November 21, 2016 Dave Mickelson to Join the South Dakota Lottery Commission
September 16, 2016 Lottery Commission Approves Video Lottery Security Study
August 5, 2016 South Dakota Lottery Report Instant-Win Tickets Lagging while Lotto Sales Up
July 19, 2016 Governor Names Four New Members to Gaming and Lottery Commissions
June 6, 2016 Lottery Officials Now Accept Video Lottery in Special Vented Smoke Room
June 4, 2016 Lottery Board Approves New Hybrid Instant-Winner Ticket
May 12, 2016 Lottery Officials Hope EZ Match is a Winner
April 12, 2016 South Dakota Lottery Puts Focus On Security
February 16, 2016 State Lottery Launch New Brand Image, Logo
January 5, 2016 New Marketing Contractor to Present Lottery Commission with Proposal for a Re-Branding Campaign
January 5, 2016 Lottery Commissioner Jim Towler Steps Down


News Archice for CY2015
December 2, 2015 South Dakota Lottery Commission Agreed to New Rules for Funding Powerball Jackpots
November 16, 2015 Two Arrests, More to Come in Fake Lottery Ticket Investigation
September 17, 2015 Video Lottery New Line-Up Games Could Produce More Revenue for State Government


News Archice for CY2014
Sept 16, 2014 MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ Lotto Game Coming to South Dakota
June 27, 2014 Figures Down for South Dakota Lottery
June 23, 2014 Multistate Lottery Game and Related Television Show Up for Discussion
April 18, 2014 South Dakota Lottery to Launch Second Chance Drawing Program
April 10, 2014 South Dakota Lottery Reports Revenue Flat for First Nine Months This FY
April 10, 2014 Lottery Commission Advances Gambling Study
March 25, 2014 Bills Defeat is a Learning Opportunity
March 11, 2014 Lottery to Seek Gambling Study


News Archice for CY2013
August 19, 2013 South Dakota Looks Forward to Revised Mega Millions
August 17, 2013 Competition for the Players Dollar Increases in South Dakota
August 13, 2013 South Dakota Lottery Report Strong Sales for Month
May 18, 2013 Consultant Selected for Video Lottery Plan
May 8, 2013 Changes to South Dakota's Hot Lotto Game
March 19, 2013 Surge in Lottery Play for Start of the Year
February 22, 2013 Lawmakers Approve Reducing Minimum Bets for Video Lottery
January 22, 2013 South Dakota Lottery Issues Request for Information (RFI) for Lottery Players Rewards Program

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