Oct. 13, 2014 – The Hoosier Lottery is celebrating its 25th birthday today. On Oct. 13, 1989, Hoosier Millionaire scratch-off tickets went on sale, marking the beginning of the Lottery’s now-25 year history.
Those scratch-offs inspired the Hoosier Millionaire Game Show, which ran from Nov. 1989 all the way to Dec. 2005, and has since become a live game show that players can compete to appear on.
The Hoosier Lottery has seen dozens of jackpot winners (including the most Powerball winners in the country), they’ve introduced new ways to play draw games and scratch-offs, and most importantly, they’ve done a whole lot of good for the state of Indiana.
According to a Hoosier Lottery press release, the Lottery has generated more than $4 billion since 1989 for the good causes the state supports.
Transfers to the state passed $4.2 billion in Feb. 2013, at the same time that total winnings topped $9.1 billion – what a lucky state! And thanks to all those winners, retailers were able to collect more than $1 billion in lottery commissions by that time, too.
In the past year, players have earned themselves another $300 million in prizes – bringing total winnings to more than $9.4 billion – and retailers have earned more than $100 million more in commissions.
So where did the Lottery’s $4 billion share go? Most of it went to help lower the price of Indiana residents’ cars; the Hoosier Lottery has donated more than $3.1 billion to the Build Indiana Fund, which, according to a Lottery press release, is “primarily used to reduce motor vehicle excise tax.”
Police, firefighters and teachers all benefit too: since 1989, the Lottery has contributed more than $521 million to police and firefighters’ pensions, and more than $707 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund.
So next time you pick up a Hoosier Lottery ticket, remember that it’s not just you getting a chance to win, every Hoosier wins with every dollar spent on lottery games.