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Washington State Lottery
Phone: (360) 664-4720
Fax: (360) 664-2630
Population: 6.256 million
Lottery Director: Bill Hanson
Year Lottery Founded: 1982
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$452.81 million
Sales Per Capita: $78.73
Number of Employees: 152
Retailers: 3,520
On-line Vendor: GTECH
July 2006 July 2016
Instant Ticket Vendor: Sci Games
March 18, 2006 March 17, 2014
Advertising: Big River April 1, 2010 March 31 2013
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 2015
July 16, 2015 Lottery Players can Again Purchase Tickets for Consecutive Games
July 3, 2015 Lottery Puts hold on Advance Ticket Sales

News 2014
August 4, 2014 Washington's Lottery Introduces New $5 Seahawks 12 Scratch Ticket
April 28, 2014 Scientific Games Signs Primary Instant Games Contract with Washington State Lottery
April 23, 2014 Washington’s Lottery Awards New Six-Year Contract to Pollard Banknote

News 2013
November 26, 2013 Washington Lottery New Scratch Ticket Features a Star
October 17, 2013 Lottery to Ascertain loss after Government Shutdown, both Monetary and Brand Confidence
September 2, 2013 Lottery Acknowledges Player Concerns and Withdraws Game
June 27, 2013 Pet Lovers get Scratching on the Washington Lottery’s New Tickets
June 7, 2013 Washington’s Lottery Match 4 Breaks Record
March 20, 2013 DC 5 Players Nine Month-Long Winning Streak
January 25, 2013 Washington’s Lottery Statement Regarding Veterans Raffle Results
January 4, 2013 State’s Veterans Raffle Falls Short of Fundraising Expectations

News 2012
November 9, 2012 Washington’s Lottery and the Department of Veterans Affairs Prepare to Launch Second Annual Veterans Raffle
October 5, 2012 State Agents Go Undercover To Test Honesty Of Lottery Store Clerks
August 17, 2012 Washington's Lottery Announce Second Year Of Record-Breaking Sales
August 16, 2012 Washington's Lottery Is Calling All Artists...
July 23, 2012) Washington’s Lottery Announce Luckiest Stores in Its 30 Year History
June 12, 2012 Washington’s Lottery Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebration With New Scratch Game
June 1, 2012 Hit It On The Dot With “Lotto On The Spot” This June
April 19, 2012 Man Tells Lottery Commission He is Planning a Possible Lawsuit Over Gift Card Promotion
March 29, 2012 Lottery Officials Warn Against Office Pools
March 14, 2012 Washington’s Lottery and Seattle Sounders FC Team Up Again to Offer Fans Unique Experiences
March 1, 2012 House Bill 2792 Would Authorize the State Finance Committee to Issue $156 Million in Lottery Revenue-Backed Bonds
January 30, 2012 Washington Lottery Raffle To Be Revamped
January 21, 2012 No Legal, Ethical Wrongdoing In D.C. Council Lottery Deal, Inspector General Concludes
January 19, 2012 No Takers So Far For Governor's Lottery Bid Plan
January 13, 2012 State Department of Veteran Affairs receives Initial Contribution from Washington’s Lottery for the Hometown Heroes Raffle
January 5, 2012 Lottery Sales Up Only A Bit Despite New Beneficiaries Audit
January 3, 2012 Senator Says Marketing to Blame for Lackluster Lottery Sales
January 3, 2012 Study Finds Large Jackpots, Not Ads, Drive Lottery Ticket Sales

News 2011
November 1, 2011 Washington's Lottery Reports a Slight Decline in Ticket Sales
October 19, 2011 Lotto-Mobile Back on the Lot
October 3, 2011 Governor Tells State Lottery to Return Its $49,000 Mercedes Van Marketing Tool
August 31, 2011 Washington's Lottery and Department of Veterans Affairs Launch First Annual Hometown Heroes Raffle To Benefit Veterans
August 23, 2011 Washington's Lottery Announce Banner Sales Year
July 26, 2011 Amtrak Cascades ‘Cash Train’ Scratch Ticket Partnership with Washington’s Lottery Deemed a Huge Success
May 17, 2011 Changes to Law Governing Witness to a Lottery Drawing
April 29, 2011 Washington’s Lottery and Seattle Sounders FC Team Up For "Man of the Match" Promotion
March 17, 2011 Bill To Legalize Internet Gambling Is Introduced Back Into Congress
March 16, 2011 Study Estimates Instant Ticket Vending Machines Could Raise $380 Million
March 7, 2011 All Aboard! Washington’s Lottery and Washington State Department of Transportation Launching New "Amtrak Cascades Cash Train" Scratch Ticket Tomorrow
February 11, 2011 Valentine's Day Tips From The Hopeful Romantics At Washington Lottery
February 4, 2011 Proposal Would See State Lottery Sell Ads on Its Website, Bill Scheduled for a Committee Vote on February 9
January 30, 2011 State Eyes Savings Lotteries With Prize-Linked Savings Bill

News 2010
Dec 15, 2010 Stocking Stuffer Alert: Holiday Scratch Tickets From Washington’s Lottery Now On Sale
Dec 13, 2010 Sequim Locales to be Featured in Lottery TV Commercials
Dec 13, 2010 Washington’s Lottery Awards Thousands in Prizes This Holiday Season with Raffle Drawing
Nov 19, 2010 Washington’s "Raffle" Tickets Going Fast!!
October 27, 2010 Washington’s Lottery to Help Fund Education Programs
August 11th, 2010 Seahawks “Scratch” Game is Back for 2010 Season
June 21, 2010 Lottery Sting Nabs Fourth Clerk in Three Months
May 26, 2010 Vending Machine Gives Out 157 Extra Tickets

Store Manager Accused of Stealing $100K in Scratch Tickets
WINLOCK, Washington State (May 24, 2010) -- The manager of a Winlock store is alleged to have stolen thousands of dollars in scratch tickets and according to Lewis County authorities said he hid evidence of the thefts, but some of were caught on camera.................Subscribers

New Washington Lottery Director Appointed
OLYMPIA, Washington (April 30, 2010) - Governor Chris Gregoire appointed Bill Hanson on Friday as director of Washington's Lottery................Subscribers

New State Lottery Ad, Brand New Grizzly Bear Song
SEATTLE, Washington State (April 26, 2010) - Washington State residents have a new enticement to buy a Lotto ticket, especially if they’re indie rock fans. Starting today, Washington’s Lottery will air an ad featuring a brand-new tune from Grizzly Bear...................Subscribers

Washington's Lottery is About to Get a Major Makeover
How the Lottery Markets Its Games Will to Change
OLYMPIA, Washington State (April 22, 2010) – News reports Washington's lottery is about to get a major makeover. According to the news service Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to sign legislation on Friday that redirects lottery proceeds to higher education. How the lottery markets its games will also change.................Subscribers

Lottery’s Under Cover Operation Ensures Consumer Protection
OLYMPIA, Washington - Reports an employee of a local retailer shop in Sumner did not get the expected excitement rush and joy normally experience by players attending the Washington Lottery’s Claim Centre Headquarters...............Subscribers

Elsym Consulting Launches ICS At Washington State Lottery
ATLANTA, Georgia (March 10, 2010) -- Elsym Consulting, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful launch of their Internal Control System at the Washington's State Lottery, making Washington their 33rd active system..........................Subscribers

Washington State Lottery New Ad Spot
WASHINGTON, USA (March 3, 2010) - A new 60-second version of the previously post Washington State Lottery spot has just gone online ......................Subscribers

State Senate Confirms Appointment to Lottery Commission
OLYMPIA, Washington (March 3, 2010) -- Valoria Loveland is adding another state office to her lengthy resume of public service. The former Franklin County treasurer, state senator and state agriculture director soon will become a member of the state's Lottery Commission.......................Subscribers

Anonymous' PES via C&W United Wins Big in Washington State Lotteries
CULVER CITY, CA (February 17, 2010) -- Anonymous Content Director PES, via Cole & Weber United, created an amusing stop motion spot promoting the various games in the Washington State Lottery..........................Subscribers

Powerball Goes On Sale January 31 in Washington
OLYMPIA, Washington, USA (January 23, 2010) – Sunday, January 31, Washingtonians have their first opportunity to play Powerball, the multi-state draw game offering massive jackpots which have reached up to $365,000,000!....................Subscribers

Washington’s Lottery to Start Selling Powerball On January 31
OLYMPIA, Washington (January 16, 2010) - Sunday, January 31, Washingtonians have their first opportunity to play Powerball, the multi-state draw game offering massive jackpots which have reached up to $365,000,000!.......................Subscribers

Lottery News 2009

Winning Ticket Means Holiday Bonuses for Employees
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Washington (December 8, 2009) - The owner of the Lake Stevens Chevron station that sold the winning ticket in the $6.5 million Washington's Lottery Lotto jackpot, has ensured his employees also receive a little something extra.......................Subscribers

Lottery Proceeds Contribute To Revenue
WASHINGTON, USA (December 9, 2009) - State lotteries were another way many state governments (including Washington, D.C.) raised revenue in 2008. Total state lottery ticket sales reached $77.3 billion in 2008, an increase of 1.8 percent from 2007......................Subscribers

Washington’s Lottery Joins National Council on Problem Gambling for Holiday Initiative
Lottery Tickets Are Not Appropriate Gifts for Minors
OLYMPIA, Washington (November 30, 2009) - Washington’s Lottery is joining the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University to warn parents and adults that lottery tickets are not appropriate holiday gifts for children and teens under the age of 18......................Subscribers

Mega Millions and Powerball Agree To Ticket-Selling Partnership
OLYMPIA, Washington (October 12, 2009) - They are the two “marquee games” in American lotteries: Mega Millions and Powerball. Each lottery state currently has one, but not the other. However, the Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) have reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions...................Subscribers

Washington’s Lottery-Seahawks Team Up on Scratch Game
SEATTLE. Washington (July 21, 2009) - Washington’s Lottery is rolling out a scratch-off ticket with the Seattle Seahawks, now that the NFL owners have agreed to allow team logos to be used on lottery tickets.....................Subscribers

Washington’s Lottery Sales Down From Last Year's Record
OLYMPIA, Washington (July 10, 2009) - The recession has taken a bite out of sales for Washington’s Lottery games...................Subscribers

Washington's Lottery Advises Office of Financial Management Powerball May Not be Implemented
OLYMPIA, Washington State (June 15, 2009) -- Washington’s Lottery today notified the Office of Financial Management the multi-state draw game Powerball is unlikely to be implemented in Washington State as earlier planned........................Subscribers

Washington Lottery Bets on Digital
SAN FRANCISCO, USA (May 25, 2009) -- Washington's Lottery has implemented CoSign digital signature solution that will allow the lottery to digitally sign the electronic documentation the organization uses to enroll retail institutions interested in participated in their reseller program........................Subscribers

NFL Deals With Lotteries Breaks Gambling Barrier
RENTON, Washington (May 21, 2009) -- The Seahawks and the Washington State Lottery are exploring putting team logos on scratch-off games. According to the news source a spokesman for the NFL team said Thursday the Seahawks are negotiating with officials from the state lottery.................Subscribers

Washington's Lottery to Offer Multi-State Powerball
OLYMPIA, Washington (April 28, 2009) - The 2009 Legislature granted Washington's Lottery the ability to offer the multi-state draw game Powerball following final passage of Engrossed Substitute Senate................Subscribers

Lottery Seeks Boost From ‘Enhanced' Marketing Plan
TACOMA, Washington (April 27, 2009) -- Five Puget Sound mini-marts have been outfitted with special displays to push Washington Lottery scratch tickets......................Subscribers

WA House OKs Powerball
OLYMPIA, Washington (April 22, 2009) -- Washington could soon start bringing in extra revenue by authorizing the sale of tickets to the multistate, high-payout Powerball lottery game under a bill that has passed the House..................Subscribers

Rule Changes May Help Incumbent Keep Lottery Contract
WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2009) -- The D.C. Government has rewritten its requirements for a new lottery provider, putting more emphasis on quality and less on cost in a continuing tussle over the $120 million contract.....................Subscribers

Washington State Senate Passes Powerball Bill
OLYMPIA, Washington (April 15, 2009) -- The state Senate has passed a bill that would let Washington state join the multistate "Powerball" lottery.................Subscribers

State Lottery May Soon Include Powerball Game
SEATTLE, Washington (March 23, 2009) -- A proposal that will be heard before the Senate Ways and Means committee this afternoon would allow the Washington Lottery to link with other multi-state games without getting Legislative permission first...................Subscribers


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