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Washington State Lottery
Phone: (360) 664-4720
Fax: (360) 664-2630
Population: 6.256 million
Acting Lottery Director: Marcus Glasper
Year Lottery Founded: 1982
Sales FY 2016: $694,875,068
Sales Per Capita: $78.73
Number of Employees: 152
Retailers: 4,018
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Vendor: Sci Games
Advertising: Big River
Games Offered: Scratch Games, Lotto 6/49, The Daily Game, Daily Keno, Hit 5, and Mega Millions
Beneficiaries: proceeds go to the Education Construction Fund, stadium debt reduction, economic development, problem gambling prevention and the state’s general fund.
Jurisdiction: Washington State


Washington’s Lottery
Legislation creating Washington’s Lottery was signed into law on July 16, 1982, and the Lottery began ticket sales four months later on November 15. The first instant game offered was Pot ‘O Gold, and more than 9.6 million tickets were sold during the initial week.
The Lottery’s first draw game, Triple Choice, was introduced in January 1984; it was later renamed The Daily Game. Lotto followed in July that year. With only three product lines, by January 1988 cumulative sales had topped $1 billion, some $300 million more than the most optimistic 1982 projections had predicted for the Lottery’s first six years.
It wasn’t until 1990 that another draw game hit the market, when Quinto debuted in May. The current draw games offered by Washington’s Lottery include Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, The Daily Game, Match 4 and Daily Keno.
When Washington’s Lottery was first established, there was such a need for state revenue in several areas that legislators did not want to pass a bill dedicating revenues to education. So for the first few years, Lottery proceeds were sent to the state’s General Fund. That changed beginning in July 2001 after voters approved a measure to redirect revenues to education the previous November.
Another change took place in 2010, when legislators passed Senate Bill 6409, which sends most of the Lottery’s profits to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account to support programs such as the State Need Grant, the State Work Study program, and early learning programs.
Approximately 65 percent of the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account goes toward helping Washington’s students achieve their higher education dreams by funding college scholarships and state financial aid programs. The remaining amount is used to support early childhood learning programs
In 2011, legislation was passed directing the Lottery to hold an annual Veteran’s Raffle to benefit veteran’s programs in the state.


News Archive For CY2018
February 12, 2018 Washington’s Lottery Has an Employment Opportunity for a Director of Legal Services

News Archive For CY2017
October 30, 2017 Governor Announces Acting Director for Washington State Lottery
October 11, 2017 Chehalis Resident Reappointed by Governor to Serve on Lottery Commission

News Archive For CY2016
August 27, 2016 Washington Lottery Flashback Ad Recalls 1970s Seattle Seahawks Greats
August 9, 2016 New Gambling Regulations Force Businesses to Pull Hundreds of Games from Bars
April 22, 2016 State Gambling Commission Hires New Jersey Consultants to Examine Gambling Industry
April 19, 2016 Gambling Commission’s Approval of Stricter Rules for Amusement Games Could Trigger Lawsuit
April 14, 2016 Gambling Commission Reversed Course on Group 12 Amusement Games
April 12, 2016 Gambling Commission Reconsiders New ‘Skill’ Games
April 6, 2016 State Gambling Commission to Revisit ‘Slot-Like’ Amusement Gaming Machines

News Archive For CY2015
July 16, 2015 Lottery Players can Again Purchase Tickets for Consecutive Games
July 3, 2015 Lottery Puts hold on Advance Ticket Sales


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