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Idaho Lottery
Address: P.O. Box 6537
1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite #100 Boise, ID 83707-6537
Phone: (208) 334-2600
Fax: (208) 334-2610
Population: 1,545,801
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Jeff Anderson
Year Lottery Founded: 1989
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2016:
Sales Per Capita: $93.90
Number of Employees: 47
Number of Retailers: 1,118
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
Number of terminals 735
Instant Ticket Vendor:
Pollard Banknote
Advertising: Drake Cooper
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Wild Card 2, Pick 3, Double Play, Scratch Games, Pull Tab, Raffle.
Proceeds: All lottery proceeds gp to Idaho public schools (K-12) and public buildings.

Background Information


Idaho voters approved a state lottery twice – first in 1986 and again in 1988, after the first vote was declared unconstitutional. An initiative had placed the issue on the ballot in 1986, and the state Supreme Court declared that an initiative could not amend the Idaho constitution. In 1988, the legislature authorized the lottery vote and again the people approved, although by a much narrower margin – just 51 percent compared to 60 percent in 1988.
When the first Idaho Lottery ticket was sold on July 19, 1989, it set a new record at the time for the quickest lottery implementation in the industry – under 200 days. More than 840,000 tickets were sold that first day.
More than 1,000 different scratch games have been sold since the lottery’s launch. Pulltabs were added to the product mix in 1991.
The Lottery’s first draw game was the multistate Idaho Super Lotto/Lotto*America, introduced February 1, 1990. Later that year Idaho Fantastic 5 became the first Idaho-only draw game. The Lottery’s current lineup includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Wild Card 2, Weekly Grand and Pick 3.
In 2000, the Idaho Lottery began the first American lottery to launch a players’ club with the debut of its VIP Club. The club offers rewards and incentives for purchasing lottery products, and members get a variety of special perks and promotions.
The Idaho Lottery’s mission is to responsibly provide entertaining games with a high degree of integrity in order to maximize the dividends for public schools and buildings. Historically, Lottery proceeds are shared by Idaho’s Public School Building Account and the Permanent Building Fund. A statute change in 2009, which sunsets in 2014, sets aside a portion of Lottery funds above the base fiscal year funding level of $34 million for the Bond Levy Equalization Fund.

News 2021
July 15, 2021 Thanks, a Billion, Idaho.”  Idaho Lottery Returns One Billionth Dollar to the People of Idaho
March 12, 2021 Idaho Lottery Says It's Working with Legislature on 'Alternative Path Forward' for Powerball
January 9, 2021 Idaho Lottery Debuts New Pick 4 Draw Game on Sunday

News 2020
January 9, 2021 Idaho Lottery Debuts New Pick 4 Draw Game on Sunday
October 21, 2020 Idaho Lottery's $1,000,000 Raffle Now on Sale
July 2, 2020 New Idaho Lottery Scratch Games to Feature Idaho's State Parks

News 2019
October 1, 2019 Idaho Lottery’s 30th Anniversary Family of Games Named NASPL’s Best New Instant Game of 2019
October 1, 2019 5 Star Draw – Idaho Lottery’s Newest Draw Game Has First Draw Tonight
August 21, 2019 Idaho Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Exciting New Family of Games
August 14, 2019 Idaho Lottery Becomes a GUINNESS WORLD Title Holder During 30th Anniversary Celebration
July 19, 2019 Idaho Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Raises Historic $60 Million for Education
May 1, 2019 Marilyn Monroe™ Makes Her Debut in Idaho
April 4, 2019 Tony Pittz Joins Idaho Lottery as Director of Lottery Security
February 15, 2017 Idaho Lottery Kicks-off 30th Anniversary with Commemorative Scratch Game
February 5, 2017 Idaho Lottery Paid Out $176 Million in Prizes in 2018
January 8, 2019 Jeff Anderson Appointed as Idaho Lottery and Liquor Director by New Governor

News 2018
July 17, 2018 Idaho Lottery Delivers Historic Record Dividend; Surpasses $250 Million in Annual Sales
July 10, 2018 Broncos, Bengals, and Vandals – Oh My! Lottery Unveils Historical New Scratch Game That Features Top Public University Mascots
March 28, 2018 World’s First Clear Plastic Scratch Game Launched in Idaho

News Archive for CY2017
November 9, 2017 Idaho Lottery to Debut Patriotic-themed Draw Game Lotto America on Sunday
July 6, 2017) Idaho Lottery Exceeds Annual Dividend Forecast
April 19, 2017 Happy Anniversary, Powerball!  Iconic Game Celebrates Silver Anniversary / 25 Years in Idaho Today
April 17, 2017 Idaho Lottery Launch Eclipse Cash Scratch Game to Commemorate Solar Eclipse in August
March 1, 2017 Senate Panel Kills Lottery Winner Disclosure Bill
February 28, 2017 INTRALOT Signs 10-Year Contract with Idaho Lottery
February 21, 2017 Idaho Lottery Procurement Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk
February 15, 2017 Measure to Provide Anonymity for Lottery Winners Moves Forward at Legislature
February 7, 2017 House Rejects Ban on State Lottery’s Electronic Touch-Tab Machines
February 6, 2017 Idaho Lottery Has Another Record Dividend to State, at $49.5 Million
February 2, 2017 Bill Would Ban Lottery's Popular Pull-Tab Machines
January 25, 2017 Proposed Bill Would No Longer Exempt Lottery from the State's Contracting Laws
January 25, 2017 Lottery Bill Would Help Keep Lottery Winners' Names Confidential
January 4, 2017 IGT Extends Contract to Provide Instant Ticket Printing Services to the Idaho Lottery
January 4, 2017 Idaho Lottery Extends Instant Ticket Contract with Pollard Banknote

News Archive for CY2016
December 8, 2016 INTRALOT, USA Selected for Idaho Lottery Gaming System Contract
September 9, 2016 Idaho Lottery is Seeking Information About Latest Industry Games
August 23, 2016 Larry Polowski Joins Idaho Lottery as Deputy Director of Sales
July 26, 2016 Idaho Lottery Returns Record Dividend of $49,500,000 to People of Idaho
June 22, 2016 Idaho Lottery Issues RFP for Lottery Gaming System
May 26, 2016 Idaho Lottery to Issue Request for Proposal for Lottery Gaming Systems


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