March 24, 2014 – Ten years ago tomorrow the North Dakota Lottery sold its very first lottery ticket – a Powerball ticket – starting a now 10-year legacy of winning for both the players and the state.
The Lottery held a 10-year celebration at Dan’s Supermarket in Bismarck this afternoon where they unveiled a new logo and new machines that will make playing more convenient in North Dakota.
According to a report in the Washington Times Monday, the new machines will be placed in 400 North Dakota Lottery retailers and will allow players to scan their own tickets to check for winnings.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told members of the media present at the 10-year celebration that feedback from customers and retailers alike prompted the introduction of the new ticket-checking machines.
Customers in lottery retailers grow impatient waiting to pay for “gas, pop and milk,” he said; the new machines will create separate lines for lottery players waiting to see if they’ve won.
After 10 years, nearly $80 million has been won by all those players who clogged up checkout lines as they learned of a big win. The biggest winner yet in the state claimed a $1.6 million jackpot from the game Wild Card 2, and two other players won $1 million on Powerball.
The North Dakota Lottery, which is overseen by the Attorney General’s office, offers players just five games, and is the only Lottery in the nation that offers only multi-state games; players cannot find scratch-offs or in-state draw games in North Dakota.
The five games offered are Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2 and 2 by 2. Total revenue from the sale of those five games over the past ten years amounts to more than $215 million.