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Maine State Lottery
E-mail Contact: N/A
Phone: TEL: (207) 287-3721
Fax: FAX: (207) 287-6769
Population: 1,318,301
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Gerald T. Reid
Year Lottery Founded: 1974
Sales FY 2000:
Sales FY 2001:
Sales FY 2002:
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Sales FY 2012:
$147.9 Million
$146.6 Million
$157.9 Million
$164.6 Million
$185.88 Million
$209.27 Million
$229.69 Million
$230.02 Million
$228.50 Million
$210.70 Million
Sales Per Capita: $175.58
Number of Employees: 25
Number of Retailers: 1,415
On-line Vendor: Scientific Games
Number of Terminals: 985
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
2001 - onwards TBA
Advertising: NL Partners
Number of ITVMs: 160
Games Offered: Instant Games, Tri State Megabucks,Pick 3, Pick 4, Tri State Cash Lotto.Powerball.
Beneficiaries: General Fund - more than 200 programs throughout the state.

Background Information

The Maine State Lottery was established in 1974 after voters approved a statewide referendum the previous year. Tickets for the first weekly passive game called Play Me went on sale in June, and its first draw was held June 27, 1974.
The Lottery’s first instant ticket, the Great Outdoors, was released in June 1975. Pick 3 Daily Numbers was the first regular draw game, debuting in June 1980. Several months later, the weekly games were discontinued, with the last draw held in January 1981.
Maine was part of the first multistate lottery group in the United States, joining New Hampshire and Vermont in the Tri-State Lotto Compact in April 1985. The group’s first draw game was Tri-State Megabucks, a 6/30 lotto game which launched in September 1985. The Maine Lottery has found participation in multistate groups quite valuable, having joined MUSL in 2004 and the Mega Millions group in 2010. It formed yet another alliance in March 2012, joining the five other New England states in Lucky for Life.
The Lottery’s current lineup of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Tri State Megabucks Plus, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Lucky for Life, Pick 3 and Pick 4.
In January 1996, a new line of instant tickets was created to benefit the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Proceeds from select $1 instant games each year are transferred to the Fund, which helps finance critical conservation and wildlife projects throughout Maine.
All other lottery proceeds benefit the state’s General Fund. These contributions are distributed to over 250 various state programs and services that have a direct impact on the citizens of Maine.

News 2015
July 31, 2015 Maine Lottery Facing a Record Year
May 28, 2015 Trucks & Bucks: Maine Lottery Rolling Out A Popular Instant Ticket Game
March 27, 2015 In Defense of the Maine Lottery
March 21, 2015 Maine State Lottery Selects Advertising Agency

News 2014
September 25, 2014 Scientific Games Completes Gaming System Conversion with New Player Subscription Technology for Maine State Lottery
February 17, 2014 Combined Front to Address Problem Gambling
January 26, 2014 Scientific Games Sign Contract with Maine State Lottery to Provide Lottery Gaming and Instant Ticket Services

News 2013
March 18, 2013 State Abandons Proposed Rebranding of Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets
March 16, 2013 Proposed Rebranding of Scratch Tickets Receives Negative Feedback from Retailers

News 2012
April 12, 2012 More Gambling Proposals Under Consideration in Legislature
April 12, 2012 Gambling Bills Advance
March 20, 2012 Online Lottery Sales, Meant To Draw In Younger Gamblers, But Draw Opposition
March 11, 2012 New Maine Group To Promote Responsible Gambling
January 17, 2012 Maine Gambling Board to Approve College Program for Casino Table Game Dealers
January 15, 2012 Lawmakers Say Maine Needs To Overhaul Gambling Laws

News 2011
December 20, 2011 Packed Agenda at Gambling Control Board Meeting
August 16, 2011 Former Maine Lottery Director Dan Gwadosky's Life Celebrated In Augusta
August 12, 2011 Call for Maine's Secretary of State to Change the Wording of a Referendum Casino Question on the Fall Ballot
August 10, 2011 Former Maine Lottery Director Gwadosky Dies
July 8, 2011 Judge Hears Oral Arguments Concerning Maine Lottery Contract
June 14, 2011 Senate Passes Table Games Bill
May 26, 2011 Maine Lottery Sales Down
April 29, 2011 Retiring State Police Chief Tapped To Head Gambling Control Board

News 2010
Dec 28, 2010 Maine Lottery Contract Set to Spark Fierce Court Battle
Nov 23, 2010 Panel Hears Lottery Contract Award Dispute
Nov 16, 2010 Gambling Control Board to Lose Chairman and Executive Director
October 28, 2010 Lawmakers Denounce Contract That Would Send Lottery Jobs Interstate
Oct 17, 2010 Dispute Rages Over Maine's Lottery Contract
Oct 4, 2010 Lottery Contract Questioned
Sept 30, 2010 Maine State Lottery Celebrates 35th Birthday in Grand Style
August 22, 2010 Lawmakers Agree All Aspects Of Lottery Operations Should Be Reviewed To See If They Could Be Done More Efficiently
August 2010 Patriots and Maine State Lottery Introduce New Instant Ticket
July 23, 2010 Maine Lottery Teams Up With NFL Patriots
July 4, 2010 Preliminary Figures Indicate State Lottery on Target to Set Sales Records

Legislature Committee Unanimously Endorses Mega Millions
MAINE (March 15, 2010) -- The Legislature's Appropriations Committee has approved adding the game to help close the state's budget gap, now estimated at about $310 million....................Subscribers

Appropriations Committee Believes Multistate Lottery Games Not Expansion of Gambling
AUGUSTA, Maine (February 24, 2010) - Maine may get another big jackpot lottery game, Mega Millions, if lawmakers approve a proposal discussed by the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday....................Subscribers

Lawmakers Recommend Expansion of Maine Lottery
AUGUSTA, Maine (February 12, 2010) – Reports Maine lawmakers say they want to expand the state lottery by adding a video version of KENO and joining the multistate Mega Millions, but Governor John Baldacci is said to be against the idea.......................Subscribers

Lawmakers Discuss Keno Proposal
AUGUSTA, Maine (February 2, 2010) – Would adding Keno to the list of state-sponsored gaming significantly expand gambling in Maine?....................Subscribers

Governor Announces Nominations To Ethics Commission And Gambling Control Board
AUGUSTA, Maine (January 12, 2010) -- Governor John E. Baldacci today announced the nomination of Margaret Matheson to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. He also announced that he has nominated Joseph Laliberte and Harry Stickney to the Gambling Control Board................Subscribers

Maine Looks to Expand Gambling; Lawmakers Consider Keno to Raise More Revenue
AUGUSTA, Maine (January 11, 2010) – reports that the Legislature’s Legal Affairs and Veterans Services committee, the panel with oversight of gambling legislation, on Monday heard about Keno, a game used by several states........................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

State-Wide Lottery Ticket Sales in Decline
ELLSWORTH, Maine (January 29, 2009) -- The lure of striking it rich with a lucky lottery ticket has lost its luster in Maine over the past 18 months..................Subscribers

Maine Gambling Revenues Take A Hit During Downturn
AUGUSTA, Maine (January 21, 2009) – As the gambling industry takes a hit during the recession, so are Maine’s tax collections from lottery games and casino gambling.................Subscribers.

Sales of Maine Lottery Tickets Decline Amid Recession
PORTLAND, Maine (January 6, 2009) -- The recession appears to be taking a bite out of Maine lottery revenues, according to a local media report...............Subscribers


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