The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the official lottery of Arkansas, began lottery sales in 2009 after voters approved the creation of the lottery through a 2008 ballot measure. As such, the AR Lottery is one of the youngest lotteries in the nation.
AR Lottery Blueprint
Arkansas Lotto History
In the beginning, the lottery only offered scratch-off instant lottery games. Later, the AR Lottery began selling tickets for Powerball in 2009 and Mega Millions in 2010.
Today, the AR Lottery also offers players the chance to win big in other draw games like Decades of Dollars, Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle, Cash 4, and Cash 3.
Players may also enjoy simulated instant lottery games at lottery terminals at retail locations. These “Fast Play” games offer the same excitement of a physical scratch-off in a convenient, computerized form.
As evidenced by the “Scholarship” in its title, the AR Lottery is dedicated to providing scholarship and grant money to students pursuing higher education at 2 and 4 year schools within the state.
Guide to the AR Lottery
Scratch-off games can be purchased at convenience stores and retailers statewide. Each game has its own rules, odds, and payouts. Instructions can be found on the front of the ticket and administrative details are printed on the back.
A Basic Arkansas Lottery Blueprint
The basic premise of all lottery draw games is more or less the same. The lottery regularly generates a random number, and players who purchased tickets for that draw that match or closely match the winning number can win huge jackpots, especially in bigger draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions.
Arkansas has its own state draw game called Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle. The rules of Million Dollar Raffle are similar to prize raffles held at state fairs and other gatherings.
Unlike other draw games, players do not pick their raffle ticket number. The numbers are determined by the order the tickets were purchased in. Draw dates are also unconventional in that they rely on how quickly raffle tickets sell out. The draw date is only announced after the sale of the last ticket.
The Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle boasts that it has the highest available odds of winning a million dollars among all AR Lottery draw games.
Notable AR Lottery Winners
Due to its relative youth as a lottery program, the AR Lottery hasn’t had many major lottery winners.
However, just two months after the AR Lottery began selling Powerball tickets in October of 2009, one lucky individual claimed a $25 million Powerball jackpot. It looks like somebody had their Arkansas Lottery blueprint figured out.
The Arkansas Lotto warns players to ignore any offers of foreign lottery winnings from emails. These emails have historically always been scams seeking to con people into paying so-called processing fees to receive a promised and non-existent lottery jackpot.
AR Lotto officials remind players that even if such an offer were true, it is a federal crime to play foreign lotteries through long distance methods like mail and telephone communications.
AR residents should only purchase Arkansas Lottery sponsored lotto tickets. Any other tickets are fraudulent or illegal.
Arkansas Lottery Trivia
– Be careful when protecting lottery tickets. Lost, damaged, or stolen tickets will void any winnings, even if other physical evidence like play slips and receipts can substantiate claims of purchasing the ticket. No ticket, no prize.
– The AR Lottery is the first state to start out with computerized number generation for its in-house lottery drawings. Many other lottery games, like Powerball and Mega Millions, use physical lottery balls to pick the winning number.