The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the official lottery of Arkansas, began lottery sales in 2009 after voters approved the creation of the lottery through a 2008 ballot measure. As such, the AR Lottery is one of the youngest lotteries in the nation.
AR Lottery Blueprint
Arkansas Lotto History
In the beginning, the lottery only offered scratch-off instant lottery games. Later, the AR Lottery began selling tickets for Powerball in 2009 and Mega Millions in 2010.
Today, the AR Lottery also offers players the chance to win big in other draw games like Decades of Dollars, Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle, Cash 4, and Cash 3.
Players may also enjoy simulated instant lottery games at lottery terminals at retail locations. These “Fast Play” games offer the same excitement of a physical scratch-off in a convenient, computerized form.
As evidenced by the “Scholarship” in its title, the AR Lottery is dedicated to providing scholarship and grant money to students pursuing higher education at 2 and 4 year schools within the state.
Guide to the AR Lottery
Scratch-off games can be purchased at convenience stores and retailers statewide. Each game has its own rules, odds, and payouts. Instructions can be found on the front of the ticket and administrative details are printed on the back.
A Basic Arkansas Lottery Blueprint
The basic premise of all lottery draw games is more or less the same. The lottery regularly generates a random number, and players who purchased tickets for that draw that match or closely match the winning number can win huge jackpots, especially in bigger draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions.
Arkansas has its own state draw game called Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle. The rules of Million Dollar Raffle are similar to prize raffles held at state fairs and other gatherings.
Unlike other draw games, players do not pick their raffle ticket number. The numbers are determined by the order the tickets were purchased in. Draw dates are also unconventional in that they rely on how quickly raffle tickets sell out. The draw date is only announced after the sale of the last ticket.
The Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle boasts that it has the highest available odds of winning a million dollars among all AR Lottery draw games.
Notable AR Lottery Winners
Due to its relative youth as a lottery program, the AR Lottery hasn’t had many major lottery winners.