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.