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Nebraska Lottery
Address: P.O. BOX 98901 1800 “O” Street,
Suite 101 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 68509-8901
Phone: (402) 471-6100
Fax: (402) 471-6108
Population: 1,796,619
(U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.)
Lottery Director: Brian Rockey
Year Lottery Founded: 1993
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2016:
Sales Per Capita: $65
Number of Employees: 21
Retailers: 1,180
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Vendor: GTECH
Advertising: SKAR Advertising
Games Offered: Instants - Nebraska Pick 5® - Powerball® - 2 by 2.
Beneficiaries: Education Innovation Fund (49.5%), Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (49.5%), Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1%)


Background Information

In November 1992, 63 percent of Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery. Legislation creating the Nebraska Lottery was passed in February 1993, and ticket sales began on September 11 of that year. The first game was Nebraska Match 3, a $1 scratch ticket.
Powerball was the Lottery’s first draw game, with sales beginning in July 1994. It was immediate success, boosted by having a local jackpot winner just nine days after launch.
In addition to Powerball, the Nebraska Lottery’s current lineup of draw games includes Mega Millions, 2by2, Nebraska Pick 5, Nebraska Pick 3 and MyDaY, a lotto-style game based on dates rather than straight numbers.
The original enabling legislation divided Lottery proceeds between the Education Innovation Fund, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund. In 2004, voters approved an amendment that established a new distribution formula for lottery beneficiaries:

  • Education, 44.5 percent, as directed by the legislature; currently allocated between the Education Innovation Fund and the Nebraska Opportunity Grand Fund.
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, 44.5 percent.
  • Nebraska State Fair, 10 percent.
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, one percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year.

July 2, 2021 $12 Million in Proceeds Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries
April 2, 2021 Nebraska Lottery Generates Record Amount for Beneficiaries
October 8, 2010 Nebraska Voters Will See Three Gambling Initiatives on Ballot Come November 3
June 5, 2020 Nebraska Lucky for Life Players Encouraged to Check Ticket Dates
April 8, 2019 Nebraska Bill Requiring Disclosure of Lottery Odds Advances

News Archive for CY2018
June 29, 2018 $11.2 Million in Proceeds Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries

News Archive for CY2017
September 29, 2017 $660 Million Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries
August 15, 2017 Nebraska Lottery Joins Lucky for Life® Aug. 20
July 8, 2017 Nebraska Lottery Recently Doles Out $11Million in Benefits
April 24, 2017 Nebraska Lottery to Join Lucky for Life® Game
February 27, 2017 Nebraska Lottery Celebrates State’s Anniversary with Nebraska 150 Scratch Game
February 24, 2017 Nebraska Senators Kill KENO Bill
January 7, 2017 Nebraska Lottery Distributes Nearly $10 Million at Year End

News Archive for CY2016
October 21, 2016 Nebraska Lottery Standardizes Operations with Seven Day Drawings
October 3, 2016 $617 Million Raised for Nebraska Lottery Beneficiaries
August 22, 2016 Senator Favors Legislature Putting Gambling Measure on Ballot
June 9, 2016 New Nebraska Lottery Director is No Stranger to the Agency
June 6, 2016 Rockey Appointed Director of Nebraska Lottery and Charitable Gaming Division
April 5, 2016 Nebraska Lottery Gives Record Amount to Beneficiaries in First Quarter
January 4, 2016 Nebraska Lottery Tops $581 Million to Beneficiary Funds


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