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Vermont Lottery Commission
Address: 1311 US RTE. 302 - SUITE 100 BARRE, VERMONT 05641
E-mail Address:
Phone: (802) 479-5686
Fax: (802) 479-4294
Population: 621,760
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Lottery Director: Gary Kessler
Year Lottery Founded: February 1978
Sales FY 2018: $132,420,000
Sales Per Capita: $168
Number of Employees: 20
Retailers: 660
On-line Vendor: INTRALOT
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Advertising: NL Partners
Games Offered: Powerball, Mega Bucks, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Tri State Fast Play, Weekly Grand, Pick 3, Pick 4, Instant Games.
Proceeds: General fund. As of July 1998 - Education



In 1976, 66 percent of Vermont voters approved a state lottery. The state’s General Assembly created the Vermont Lottery Commission during its 1977 session. With $250,000 in seed money, the Vermont Lottery was born and ticket sales began on February 14, 1978, with the weekly passive Green Mountain Game.
The Lottery introduced its first instant game, Scratch ‘N Match, in June 1978. Pick 3 launched in November 1980; it was the Lottery’s first draw game. Pick 4 began in September 1985. Also that month, Vermont unveiled Tri-State Megabucks, the first multistate game in the United States. Together with Maine and New Hampshire, there would be a number of draw games under the Tri-State banner over the ensuing years.
Currently, the Vermont Lottery’s draw game lineup includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, the New England regional game Lucky for Life, Tri-State Megabucks Plus, Pick 3 and Pick 4. The last three games are all Tri-State games. The Lottery also offers Fast Play instant games played through the retail terminals.
The Vermont Lottery was established to “produce the maximum amount of net revenue consonant with the dignity of the state and the general welfare of the people.” In support of this goal, the Lottery remains committed to contributing all proceeds to the Education Fund, while also strongly communicating the importance of responsible gaming.
Originally, Lottery profits were sent to the state’s General Fund, but since 1998 all revenues have been dedicated to the Education Fund.


News 2019
January 17, 2019 Vermont Lottery Planning Changes to Agent Contracts

News 2018
September 27, 2018 Lottery Security Stronger Than Fort Knox, Commissioner Tells Lawmakers
September 26, 2018 Vermont Lottery Bans Agents from Playing at Work, but Advises Against New Law Banning Them from Playing the Lottery Altogether
August 7, 2018 Commissioner and Senate President at Odds Over Lottery Review
June 4, 2018 Lottery Director Calls for Reforms in Report on Newspaper Investigation
May 7, 2018 Senate Approves Lottery Review
April 30 2018 Governor Seeks to Confirm Lottery’s Integrity after News Website Investigation

News 2017
August 23, 2017 Vermont FBI Head Departing To Lead State Lottery
January 17, 2017 Governor to Merge the Department of Liquor Control with the Lottery Commission

News 2016
November 3, 2016 Vermont Lottery Seeks Executive Director
October 10, 2016 Governor Appoints Greg Smith the New Director of the Illinois Lottery
September 27, 2016 Vermont Lottery Director Resigns Position to Pursue Another Opportunity in the Midwest
August 29, 2016 Record Year for Vermont Lottery Profits
July 7, 2016 Vermont Bars Lose Lottery Terminals After New Law Takes Effect
June 21, 2016 Vermont Lottery and Agency of Education Partner for Fourth Round of Tech Grants
May 17, 2016 Pollard Banknote Receives One-Year Instant Ticket Contract Extension From The Vermont Lottery
May 6, 2016 Future of the Vermont Lottery's New Interactive Lottery Entertainment Product Threatened by State Law


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