The Maine State Lottery began selling tickets in 1974 for a $.50 weekly draw game, “Play Me.” Now almost 40 years later, the Maine State Lottery has been providing fun and funds for the state of Maine and its beneficiaries.
The Maine State Lottery began in 1974 after residents voted to allow for the lottery in hopes it would provide funds for the State General Fund. Since its inception in 1974, the Maine State Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to the state General Fund, with an average of $50 million transferred each year. These funds have helped over 250 state programs directly benefit the citizens of Maine.
In addition to the General Fund, the Maine State Lottery benefits the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Outdoor Heritage Fund helps with critical conservation and wildlife projects throughout the state. Since it was added to the beneficiaries in 1996, the lottery has given more than $15.8 million in proceeds from select $1 instant games.
Currently, the Maine State Lottery offers a variety of games for their players. At any given time, the lottery offers as many as 40 scratch-off games. These games range in price from $1 to $20. The games come with multiple designs and themes, including sports, holidays, and more. The Maine State Lottery gives players the chance to keep winning from their tickets, with their second chance games. Current games include the Truck Full of Bucks Giveaway, promising a new Ford F-150 with $10,000 in cash.
Along with instant games, the Maine State Lottery offers 8 different draw games. Maine State Lottery players can try for the large jackpots available through Powerball and Mega Millions. They also offer the Tri-state Megabucks Plus draw game, that is offered in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For those who want Maine-specific games, the lottery has Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life, Pick 3, and Pick 4. All of these games are available for anyone 18 and up who wants to try their luck.
The Maine State Lottery is proud to provide its state with fun ways to win, with more than $2.2 billion awarded in prizes since its inception. The lottery looks forward to celebrating its fortieth year of operations with games, giving, and more! For more information on the Maine State Lottery and how it benefits the state, check out their website.