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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:
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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 Archive 2015
October 23, 2015 Maine Lottery Defends Itself Over Perceived Increase in Advertising
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 Archive 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 Archive 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 Archive 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


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