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South Dakota Lottery
E-mail Address:
Phone: (605) 773-5770
Fax: (605) 773-5786
Population: 812,383
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Norman Lingle
Year Lottery Founded: 1987
Sales FY 2015:
Sales FY 2016:
Sales Per Capita: $911
Number of Employees: 33
Retailers: 603
On-line Vendor: Gtech
January 30, 2009 August 2, 2014
Instant Ticket Vendor: Sci Games
September 28, 2010 September 28, 2013
Advertising: Robert Sharp & Associates
July 1, 2008 July 1, 2010
VLT(s) Sci Games
Games Offered: Instant, Powerball, Dakota Cash , Wild Card, Hot Lotto and VLTs.
Beneficiaries: Property Tax Reduction Fund, Capital Construction and General Fund
Jurisdiction: South Dakota -- USA

Lottery Financials

FY2014 Annual Report PDF (2.67 MB)
FY2013 Annual Report PDF (10.22 MB)
FY2015 Annual Report PDF (1.35 MB)

Background Information


In November 1986, 60 percent of the electorate in a statewide referendum approved a constitutional amendment allowing a state lottery. The following April, a lottery bill authorizing instant tickets was signed into law, and the South Dakota Lottery began ticket sales on September 30, 1987, with a Match 3 scratch ticket. By the third week, sales reached $2.5 million, and within three months, the Lottery repaid its $1.5 million startup loan to the state.
For the next two years, the idea of video lottery was studied intensely. One measure fell just short in 1988, but video lottery legislation was finally passed in March 1989, creating the country’s first lottery-operated VLT network. The games began operating in October that year. They were briefly shut down in 1994 when ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, but reinstated when voters approved an amendment authorizing them in November. Over the years, efforts to repeal video lottery were rejected by voters every time.
The South Dakota Lottery’s third product took another act of legislation, as a bill allowing lotto games was signed into law in February 1990. The multistate Lotto*America was the first lotto game offered. Dakota Cash was the Lottery’s first in-state game when it debuted in April 1993. Tri-West Lotto, one of the industry’s first regional games, was added in February 1994; also participating were Idaho and Montana.
The Lottery’s current draw games include Powerball, Mega Millions, Dakota Cash, Wild Card 2 and Hot Lotto Sizzler.
Since 1997, Lottery proceeds have been transferred to three main beneficiaries, the state’s General Fund, the Capital Construction Fund and the Property Tax Reduction Fund, as follows:

  • The General Fund receives all scratch ticket revenue and the first $1.4 million in revenue from the sale of lotto games. Each year, nearly half of the entire General Fund is used to support local K-12 schools and state universities and technical institutes.
  • The Capital Construction Fund receives revenue from lotto games in excess of $1.4 million annually. Local communities use these funds to pay for rural water systems, community drinking water and wastewater improvement projects, and recycling and waste disposal programs.
  • The Property Tax Reduction Fund receives net revenue from video lottery terminals. This fund reduces local property taxes on owneroccupied and agricultural land by 30 percent.

Prior to 1997, the General Fund received VLT revenues and all lotto revenues, the latter dedicated for corrections facility construction


News Archive for CY2019
June 11, 2020 South Dakota Lottery Chose Incumbent Ad Agency for New Five-Year Advertising Contract
December 5, 2019 Executive Director Seeks Smaller Lottery Commission Numbers
March 9, 2019 South Dakota’s Video Lottery Income Peaks at 30 Year High
March 4, 2019 South Dakota Panel Rejects Deadwood Sports Betting Measure
January 15, 2019 IGT Signs Seven Year Contract with the South Dakota Lottery to Provide New Lottery Equipment and Services

News Archice for CY2018
September 14, 2018 South Dakota State Lottery Revenues Rose to More Than $117 Million This Past Year
June 7, 2018 Lottery in the Process of Evaluating Proposals for New Video and Online Contracts
May 25, 2018 South Dakota Lottery Launches Mobile App
March 21, 2018 Lottery Poised for Strong Year

News Archice for CY2017
November 16, 2017 South Dakota Lottery Warns Citizens of Potential Scams
October 27, 2017 South Dakota Lottery Sales Running Ahead of Last Year
August 26, 2017 South Dakota Lottery Looks To Revive Scratch Ticket Sales
August 25, 2017 Lottery Commission Adopts New Rules for Two Lotto Games
August 19, 2017 State Lottery Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Lotto Games
June 1, 2017 Changes Are Ahead for Mega Millions, and Hot Lotto Too, State Director Says
March 17, 2017 South Dakota Lottery Commission plans to Add Another Game


News Archice for CY2016
November 21, 2016 Dave Mickelson to Join the South Dakota Lottery Commission
September 16, 2016 Lottery Commission Approves Video Lottery Security Study
August 5, 2016 South Dakota Lottery Report Instant-Win Tickets Lagging while Lotto Sales Up
July 19, 2016 Governor Names Four New Members to Gaming and Lottery Commissions
June 6, 2016 Lottery Officials Now Accept Video Lottery in Special Vented Smoke Room
June 4, 2016 Lottery Board Approves New Hybrid Instant-Winner Ticket
May 12, 2016 Lottery Officials Hope EZ Match is a Winner
April 12, 2016 South Dakota Lottery Puts Focus On Security
February 16, 2016 State Lottery Launch New Brand Image, Logo
January 5, 2016 New Marketing Contractor to Present Lottery Commission with Proposal for a Re-Branding Campaign
January 5, 2016 Lottery Commissioner Jim Towler Steps Down


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