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Arkansas Lottery Commission
Address: 124 W. CAPITOL - SUITE
Telephone: (501) 683-2000
Fax: (501) 683-1878
Population: 2.90
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Director: William Bishop Woosley
Start - Up: May 2009
Sales FY2015: $408,700,000
Number of Employees approx 83.
Retailers: 1,899
On-line Vendor: Intralot
On Line Vendor Contract: August 2009 - August 2016
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Instant Ticket Vendor contract: August 2009 - August 2016.
Advertising Agency: The Communications Group of Little Rock
August 2009 - August 2014
Games Offered: Instant games, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 3 and Cash 4.
Beneficiaries: To provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within the state.
Jurisdiction: The State of Arkansas

Background Information

The newest lottery in North America, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, was created by legislation in March 2009 after voters approved a lottery the previous November. The nine-member Lottery Commission was finalized that May and Lottery staffing began in June.
Ticket sales began September 28, 2009, some three months earlier than anticipated when the legislation was passed. Four instant games made up the initial launch, including price points of $1, $2 and $5. Barely 20 days later, the Lottery was able to repay in full to the State of Arkansas its $2.8 million startup loan. On December 7, the Lottery passed the $100 million sales mark, just 71 days after its launch.
The Lottery’s draw game portfolio began with the introduction of Powerball in October 2009, followed by Cash 3 in December. Current games also include Mega Millions, Cash 4, Decades of Dollars, Fast Play and the monthly raffle Arkansas 50/50.
The early success of its instant program – the Lottery quickly rose to fifth among all U.S. lotteries in terms of per capita sales for instant games in the fourth quarter 2009 – was credited to a welldesigned program that includes a strong second-chance program and a Points for Prizes players club.
Net proceeds from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery are used to provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within the state. Because Arkansas has ranked next to last of all states in terms of the percentage of citizens holding college degrees, the Lottery is playing a critical role in helping more residents obtain solid education.


Lottery News Archive for CY2016
November 18, 2016 New Instant Game Proves Itself A Blast!
October 12, 2016 State Lottery's Revenue Falls $3 Million from 2015
September 9, 2016 State Legislature Denies Lottery Bill for Another Year
August 29, 2016 Recruiting New Lottery Retailers Could Prove Difficult for Camelot
August 10, 2016 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Sales Up Sharply in July
July 16, 2016 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Appoints New Chief Legal Counsel
July 11, 2016 Arkansas Lottery Beats Projections, Ends FY2016 with Record Sales
June 19, 2016 Despite Rise in Lottery Revenues, Expect Conservative Approach and Scholarship Status Quo: Arkansas Lottery Director
June 17, 2016 Camelot Global Voluntarily Forgoes $750K Incentive Compensation in Arkansas
June 10, 2016 Arkansas Lottery Reports Record Proceeds, Sales Figures
June 3, 2016 248 Arkansas Lottery Players Win More Than $3 Million in May
June 1, 2016 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Surpasses Previous Sales Records
May 10, 2016 Lottery Numbers Trending Up
May 3, 2016 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Awards More Than $2 Million in Prizes
April 28, 2016 The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s New $10 Instant Game Still Blowing Up
April 12, 2016 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Celebrates Scholarship Milestone
April 5, 2016 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Announce 50th Millionaire
March 13, 2016 Consulting Firm Submits 'Ambitious' Five-Year Business Plan for Arkansas Lottery
February 11, 2016 Arkansas Lottery Enjoys Most Profitable Month Ever

Lottery News Archive for CY2015
December 27, 2015 Scratch-Off Tickets Represent a Larger Share of Overall Ticket Sales for State Lottery
November 15, 2015 Nearly $5 Million Unclaimed in Arkansas Lottery Prizes Every Year
November 12, 2015 The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Register Strong Figures for October
October 18, 2015 Panel Approve Contract for Services Related to Lottery
October 12, 2015 Scientific Games Announce Launch of Official Mobile Apps for Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and Maryland Lottery and Gaming
September 26, 2015 Arkansas Lottery: Six Years of Big Wins, Big Money, and Bigger Opportunity for Arkansas
September 11, 2015 Lottery See Figures Increase for College Scholarships
September 1, 2015 New Program to Cut Bond Fees for Lottery Retailers.
August 31, 2015 Lottery Looks to Consultant Hire in Incentive-Based Deal.
August 12, 2015 Lottery Reports Surge in Sales for July
June 30, 2015 State Lottery Official Confirms Departure of Sales Director
April 23, 2015 Cost Saving Measure for Lottery, Elimination of Six Positions
April 14, 2015 Lottery revenue in March down $3.9M from '14
April 9, 2015 Governor Squeezes Lottery Outlays to Save $600,000 for Scholarships
March 12, 2015 Lottery Sales Continue Upward Despite an Icy February
February 18, 2015 Bill to Disband Lottery Commission Pending
February 12, 2015 Powerball Run Ends, But Gives Arkansas Students Nearly $2 Million in Scholarship Dollars
February 9, 2015 Senate Votes To Abolish Lottery Commission
February 9, 2015 Murphy USA Primes Pump for Lottery Sales
February 5, 2015 Academic Challenge Scholarship’s Future Dependent on Lottery Sales
February 2, 2015 Lottery Sales Spike As Jackpots, Instant Tickets Rise
January 6, 2015 Lottery Marks 12% Increase In Instant Sales, New Game Lineup
December 31, 2014 Lottery Commission Extends Contract with INTRALOT for $5 Million Savings

Lottery News Archive for CY2014
December 2, 2014 Discussions Continue on Contract Extension Agreement
November 25, 2014 Dispute on Date for Commencement of Vendor Contract Extension
November 13, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Marks Upswing in Instant Ticket Sales
November 3, 2014) Students Recognized in Honor of Five Year Lottery Anniversary
October 29, 2014 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Campaign to Display the Benefits of Scholarships
October 23, 2014 Legislature Accused of Violating Principles of Transparency and Fairness in Hiring Firm to Provide Consulting Services to the Arkansas Lottery without Taking Bids
October 23, 2014 Revenue for State Lottery Down by Over Six Million Compared to Same Period Last Year
Oct 6, 2014 Monopoly Millionaires’ Club™ Lottery Game To Make More And More Millionaires
Oct 6, 2014 Arkansas Lottery: Five Years of Big Wins, Big Money, Bigger Opportunity For Arkansas
September 29, 2014 Arkansas Lottery: Five Years of Big Wins, Big Money, Bigger Opportunity for Arkansas
September 18, 2014 Legislative Council Approves Sole-Source Contract for Study of Arkansas Lottery Practices
Sept 18, 2014 Proposal to Hire Consulting Firm to Evaluate the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
Sept 10, 2014 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Transfers $40 Million For 36,000 Arkansas Scholarship Students
Sept 10, 2014 Arkansas Progressive Jackpot Has Biggest Sales Week Ever, With Second Largest Prize!!
September 2, 2014 Lottery Benefits State Operations by recouping nearly $1 million in Unpaid Taxes and child Support Payments
August 31, 2014 Security and Compliance Director for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
August 21, 2014 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Retailer’s to Rally Staewide This Week!
August 21, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Scales Back Budget Projections
August 21, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Commission Lower Projections
August 8, 2014 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Welcomes New Security Chief
August 8, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Looks to Attract Younger Generation of Players
August 7, 2014 “Something old changes, something new begins”
August 5, 2014 140 Arkansas Winners in CASH 3 with Three Very Lucky Numbers - 9-9-9
July 17, 2014 Purchasing Tickets with Debit Cards Could Spur Increase in Sales
July 16, 2014 Lawmakers look to Overhaul Entire Lottery State Lottery System
July 10, 2014 Lottery Nears Half-Billion-Dollar Mark in Scholarships
June 25, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Hires Daryl Backes as Security Director
June 25, 2014 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Continues to Pursue Monitor Games
June 11, 2014 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Issues Warning of Scam
May 22, 2014 Monitor Games will Launch in September
May 13, 2014 Calls for Lottery to Reconsider Electronic Monitor Games
April 20, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Forced to Tap Reserves
April 15, 2014 Lottery Looks to Advertise Through Universities
April 15, 2014 Commission Votes to Implement Monitor Style Games
April 15, 2014 Oversight Committee Non Support for Monitor Style Lottery Games
April 2, 2014 NSJ - the Arkansas Only Game with a Record Breaking Jackpot!
March 20, 2014 Governor Names New Lottery Commissioner
March 19, 2014 Lottery Proceeds Down for Month in Comparison to Previous Year
March 19, 2014 Commission Votes to Allow Debit Cards for Lottery Ticket Purchases
February 20, 2014 Arkansas’ Declining Lottery Revenue Brings Warning from Director
February 19, 2014 Commission Revises Budget Forecast on Lottery Proceeds
February 11, 2014 Spotlight on the Arkansas Lottery $20 Instant Ticket – Platinum Payout
January 30, 2014 Arkansas Lottery Panel's Pickard Resigns for New Post
January 24, 2014 Spotlight on Arkansas Progressive Jackpot from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
January 15, 2014 Lottery Reports Sales of Raffle Tickets Were Disappointing

Lottery News Archive for CY2013
December 5, 2013 Lottery Financials Weak but Optimistic for March Quarter
December 3, 2013 Lottery to Look at Debit Cards for Ticket Purchases
November 7, 2013 Federal Judge Sentences Ex Lottery Employee to Prison Term for Fraudulent Act
October 15, 2013 Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle Drawing
October 4, 2013 Arkansas Lottery Applauds Contribution by Vendors to Student Assistance Program at Conference
October 1, 2013 Hearing Begins on Scratch Ticket Case
October 1, 2013 Mega Millions® Multi-State Lottery Game is Being Redesigned
September 27, 2013 Last Day to Purchase Your Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle Ticket for the October 1st Early Bird Drawing!
September 27, 2013 Arkansas Lottery’s Fourth Anniversary Celebrations
Sept. 16, 2013 Arkansas Lottery Commission Vendors Make $40,000 Gift For Upward Bound
August 26, 2013 New $1 Million Raffle Game
August 9, 2013 Lawsuit Filed Against Lottery in Scratch Ticket Dispute
August 6, 2013 Attorney General Asked for Opinion on Keno
July 15, 2013 Lottery to Fill Position of Security Official
July 12, 2013 Lottery Director of Security Pleads Guilty to Fraud
July 10, 2013 Sales Decline after Initial Novelty of Lottery Subsides
July 8. 2013 Former Lottery’s Communications Director Nominated to State Lottery Commission
July 8. 2013 Scratch Tickets Sales Surge in May
June 27, 2013 Lottery Panel Approves Pay Raises
June 26, 2013 Lottery Commission to Meet on Pay Vote
June 24, 2013 Lottery Revisits Keno Possibility
June 12, 2013 Appointment to Arkansas Lottery Commission
June 3, 2013 Figures for May Indicate Lottery Sales Slump is seeing a Turnaround
May 31, 2013 Lottery Commission Is Entitled To Sovereign Immunity
May 21, 2013 Commission Elects New Chairman
May 21, 2013 Despite Jackpot, Lottery still Experiences Dampening in Sales
May 8, 2013 Lottery Commission Requests Lawsuit be Dismissed
April 29, 2013 Lottery Looks to Boost Sales and Profit Margin
April 25, 2013 Lottery Remains Unchanged in legislative Session
April 13, 2013 Bill Fails to Clear Arkansas House Rules Committee
April 11, 2013 Arkansas Lottery Commission Strongly Opposes Bill that will be Detrimental to Ticket Sales
March 18, 2013 Statement: Arkansas Lottery Commission Director Bishop Woosley RE: House Bill 2263
March 18, 2013 Attorney Volunteer Helps Arkansas Lottery Recover IRS Penalties
March 1, 2013 Governor Signs into Law Changes to State's Lottery Scholarship Awards
February 19, 2013 $1 Billion in Prizes for Arkansas Lottery Players!
February 8, 2013 Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Moves Powerball/Mega Millions/Decades of Dollars Draw Partnership to 40/29 News
February 6, 2013 Senate Bill Would Create Prized-Linked Savings
February 3, 2013 Arkansas Lottery Sees Spike in Ticket Sales
January 29, 2013 Lottery Terminates Outside Legal Counsel Contract


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