About the Arkansas lottery
The history of the Arkansas lottery is a very short one. The lottery was only approved on November 4, 2008, following a successful vote which legalized the sale of lottery tickets in the state. By the time that AR lottery tickets were finally delivered to authorised retailers, the anticipation and excitement was so high, that the time of arrival at the lottery's distribution centre and even the type of transport being used was reported at the time.
Arkansas lottery tickets were then sold for the first time at 12:01 a.m. on September 28, 2009, 95 days earlier than had been predicted. As AR lottery proceeds go to education scholarships in the state, more than twelve different events were held in different areas of Arkansas to celebrate the start of the lottery.
Little more than a month after its creation, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery became the 31st US lottery to begin offering Powerball tickets. This soon paid off as a $25 million Powerball winning ticket was sold at the Crackerbox store in Mayflower early in 2010. In addition to Powerball tickets, Arkansas Mega Millions tickets are also available in the state, as well as Cash 3, Cash 4, Midday Cash 3 and Midday Cash 4 tickets.
Arkansas lottery tickets have proved popular across all of the state, but the largest numbers of lottery ticket sales have tended to come in Pulaski with Jefferson, Saline and many others buying big. In fact, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets are in such high demand that some have even taken to stealing them. In February, 2011 Mamdough Attia won $20,000 playing Cool Cash, but was arrested four months later after it became apparent that the winning ticket was stolen. The ticket was part of a pack that had been reported stolen from a Fast Mart in Little Rock. Attia was charged with felony theft and forced to give back his $20,000 lottery prize.
As mentioned above, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery provides money for - that's right you guessed it - scholarships! All proceeds go to providing scholarships and grants for state residents in public and private non-profit colleges and universities in Arkansas. The proceeds from the lottery allowed tens of thousands of scholarships to be offered to Arkansas students in the lottery's first operating year alone, and with AR lottery tickets remaining popular, there's bound to be many more.