Hoosier Lottery celebrates 30 years of helping build a Stronger, Safer, Smarter Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 13, 2019) — Since the first ticket was sold on October 13, 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has become a part of life in Indiana, touching the lives of Hoosiers across the state. Over these 30 years through Fiscal Year 2019, the Hoosier Lottery transferred over $6.0 billion to the State of Indiana, including contributions of $887.6 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund, $699.7 million to local police and firefighters’ pension funds and $4.4 billion to the Build Indiana Fund. Hoosier Lottery Players have purchased $23 billion in Lottery products and have won $13.9 billion in prizes.
Sarah M. Taylor, executive director of the Hoosier Lottery, noted, “It’s amazing to see the impact the Hoosier Lottery has had on Indiana over the last 30 years. We are so proud of the revenue we’ve generated for the State, and that our revenue is being used to support the pension plans for our retired teachers, police officers and firefighters. These dedicated Hoosiers educated our children and protected our lives and property. We hope that our support helps them enjoy their retirement for years to come.”
Taylor added, “Lottery revenue has also been used to fund a 50% reduction in the auto excise taxes paid by Hoosiers when renewing license plates.”
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Hoosier Lottery is launching a marketing campaign showcasing Hoosier connections enabled by the Lottery. The campaign highlights the lives of its players, retailers, employees, and those who benefit from the Lottery. It illustrates just how connected Hoosiers are, whether directly or indirectly. Hoosiers can learn more about these connections and the $6 billion returned to the State at www.hoosierlottery30.com.
The 30th anniversary celebration will also include events at Hoosier Lottery retailers around the state where players will have the chance to win Hoosier Lottery tickets and 30th anniversary themed prizes. The celebration will culminate with activities at the Indiana State Fair in August 2020. Players can find a list of 30th anniversary events by clicking here.
HOOSIER LOTTERY THROUGH THE YEARS
The Hoosier Lottery began in 1988 when 62% of Hoosier voters approved a state-run lottery. The State Legislature then established the Hoosier Lottery with the mission “to return maximum net income to the State in a socially responsible manner.”
Over its 30-year history, the Hoosier Lottery has contributed to many big stories. The gameshow, “Hoosier Millionaire,” starring Mark Patrick, Barbara Hobbs, and Tony Lamont, aired weekly for 16 years. The final episode aired in late 2005, culminating with the show’s 191st $1 million winner.
In April 1990, the Hoosier Lottery introduced Indiana’s first lottery Draw game, Lotto Cash, which was replaced by Hoosier Lotto in 1994. Lotto America became the Hoosier Lottery’s first multistate Draw game in 1990, later becoming Powerball® in 1992. Then in April 1992, the Hoosier Lottery sold the first winning Powerball jackpot ticket from the first-ever Powerball drawing, where Bert Morlan of Brazil, Indiana, won $5.89 million. Most recently, in 2017, a $435.3 million Powerball winning ticket was sold in Lafayette, making Indiana the leader in Powerball jackpot wins, totaling 39. In 2016, a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot was claimed from a winning ticket purchased in Cambridge City.
Over the last decade, the Hoosier Lottery showcased its innovation by releasing an NFL themed Scratch-off, $100,000 Colts Cash, a bacon-scented Bringin’ Home the BaconScratch-off, celebrated racing history with a 100th Running of the Indy 500® themed Scratch-off and became the first lottery in North America to launch a lottery ticket consisting of both a Scratch-off and a Draw game withBlack Pearl.
Hoosier Lotto Overall Odds 1 in 6. Powerball® Overall Odds 1 in 25. Mega Millions® Overall Odds 1 in 24. Scratch-off Odds vary by player selection.
Find your nearest Hoosier Lottery retailer here. Download the free Hoosier Lottery app here. Register for a free myLOTTERY account here.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: For 30 years, Hoosier Lottery distributions have benefited every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery has contributed $6 billion to good causes, including $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $30 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund annually. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Download Hoosier Lottery logos here.
Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery
Sr. Manager of Public Relations