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North Dakota Lottery
Phone: (701) 328-1574
Fax: (701) 328-1580
Population: 646,844
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Director: Randy Miller
Year Lottery Founded: 2004
Sales FY 2005:
Sales FY 2006:
Sales FY 2007:
Sales FY 2008:
Sales FY 2009:
Sales FY 2010:
Sales FY 2011:
Sales FY 2012:
$19.15 Million
$22.30 Million
$22.60 Million
$22.12 Million
$21.72 Million
$24.42 Million
Number of Employees: 7
Scratch Ticket: Do Not Offer Instant Games
On-line Vendor Contract: Scientific Games
March 2004 March 2014
Advertising KK BOLD
July 2012 June 2015
Retailers: 400
Games Offered: The North Dakota Lottery conducts five multistate games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, WILD CARD 2® and 2by2®.
Beneficiaries: The breakdown of each $1Lottery ticket is:
Prizes $0.47

Contracted Services $0.10
Retailer Commissions $0.05
Administrative/Operating Expense $0.04
Marketing/Advertising Expenses $0.02
Problem Gambling fund $0.01 ($400,000 per biennium)
Prize Reserve Pools $0.02
State General Fund $0.29
Jurisdiction: The State of North Dakota.

North Dakota Lottery

In November 2002, North Dakota citizens approved a constitutional amendment that allows participation in multistate lottery games. The legislature passed a lottery bill that became law in April 2003, creating the North Dakota Lottery as a division of the Office of Attorney General. Unique among all U.S. lotteries, North Dakota is only able to offer multistate draw games. Instant tickets and North Dakota-only games are prohibited.
Ticket sales began with Powerball on March 25, 2004, and it was joined by Hot Lotto on June 24 and Wild Card 2 on September 23. The Lottery’s fourth game, 2by2, was added in February 2006. Mega Millions rounded out its current lineup when sales started in January 2010.
Without the ability to offer a variety of instant games, the North Dakota Lottery is much more subject to the luck of the draw than other lotteries – jackpot games are driven primarily by the size of the jackpot. That said, North Dakota has been creative in its use of promotions to help grow sales.
The Lottery is also one of the few in the country to offer subscription play via the Internet for the convenience of players. A subscription service was launched in November 2005, available through the Internet or by mail.
The North Dakota Lottery’s mission is to maximize net proceeds for the benefit of the state by promoting entertaining games, providing quality customer service to retailers and players, achieving the highest standards of integrity, security, and accountability, and maintaining public trust.
All Lottery proceeds are allocated to the state’s General Fund, with the exception of $50,000 per quarter that is transferred to the compulsive gambling prevention and treatment fund and $105,625 per quarter that is sent to the drug task force grant fund.

October 13, 2014 Scientific Games Completes Gaming System Conversion with New Player Subscription Technology for North Dakota Lottery
March 25, 2014 Lottery Changes for North Dakota
March 6, 2014 Scientific Games Signs Contract with North Dakota Lottery to Provide Online Lottery System and Player Rewards Program
January 31, 2012 Attorney General Says Law Change Needed for Internet Lotto Sales
November 13, 2011 Lottery Commission Chairman Talks About His New Leadership Role, and Future Plans for the Lottery
April 25, 2011 Legislature Approves Revised Gambling Tax Breaks, Bill Now Goes to Governor
April 7, 2010 Economy and Smoking Bans Impact Charitable Gaming Revenue in North Dakota
February 10, 2010 North Dakota Lottery Changes Policy for Checking Winners
December 27, 2009 Megamillions Coming to North Dakota Lottery
September 17, 2009 North Dakota Gambling Taxes Could Be Simplified
September 13, 2009 Storms, Floods Cut Into North Dakota Lottery Sales


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