In its 20 years of operations, the Nebraska Lottery has received nearly $2 billion in sales, with record amounts awarded to beneficiaries during its 20th year.
The Nebraska Lottery began in 1993 when then-Governor Ben Nelson purchased the first lottery ticket to be sold by the 37th state lottery. In the past 20 years, the Nebraska Lottery has held fast to its promise to help provide for the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska Lottery transfers revenue to various government organizations in its attempt to help better lives of all Nebraska residents, even those who don’t win the lottery. The Nebraska Lottery revenue transfers benefit the Education Innovation Fund, Opportunity Grant Fund, Environmental Trust Fund, State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, and Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund. Over the course of 20 years, the Nebraska Lottery has raised approximately $489.5 million collectively for these Nebraska programs.
In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Nebraska Lottery brought in record amounts in both sales and revenue. Total revenue for the year saw an increase of 9% from the previous year, with more than $40 million transferred to beneficiaries.
Nebraska Lottery officials believe that the growing popularity of their scratch-off games has helped attribute to the growing sales. Another factor in the successful year lies in the record jackpot from Powerball that occurred last May.
Record sales give the Nebraska Lottery more of a reason to celebrate their milestone and begin preparing for the next 20 years of games and giving.
For more information on the Nebraska Lottery, check out their website for fun ways to win in Nebraska.