Arkansas Lottery

The Arkansas lottery was approved by Arkansas voters on a special ballot question in the 2008 general election. The first scratch off tickets went on sale on September 28, 2009. The state government of Arkansas operates the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, and proceeds benefit Arkansas public schools.

The popular instant win scratch off tickets are available in Arkansas for prices from $1 to $10 per ticket. Even if the player does not win, each ticket purchased is eligible for a second chance drawing, called Play it Again. By submitting non-winning tickets to Play It Again, players have the opportunity to win a top prize via drawing once the game has closed.

Arkansas operates a Cash 3 game with 13 weekly drawings, twice a day and once on Sundays, in which players must match three randomly generated numbers in order to win a prize. A Cash 4 game has also been launched as of July 2010. It too has 13 drawings each week, and boasts a maximum prize of $5,000.

The national games Powerball and Mega Millions are also played in Arkansas. The first Powerball drawing in Arkansas was November 4, 2009, and Arkansas boasted its first Powerball jackpot winner shortly thereafter on January 2, 2010. Following the 2009 agreement between Powerball and Mega Millions to allow sales for both games to be sold in each state, Arkansas began selling Mega Millions tickets on January 31, 2010.

A unique in-state game, Million Dollar Raffle, was launched on July 14, 2010. One ten dollar raffle ticket entitles the purchaser to one entry in a million dollar sweepstakes. Two million dollar winners will be announced after all 500,000 tickets have been sold, with additional second prizes of $1,000 and third prizes of $100. The winner's drawing was scheduled for September 9, 2010, but has been delayed so that all raffle tickets can be sold.

Like in most states in the United States, players must be at least 18 years of age to purchase Arkansas lottery tickets.