The Maine State Lottery was established in 1974 after voters approved a statewide referendum the previous year. Tickets for the first weekly passive game called Play Me went on sale in June, and its first draw was held June 27, 1974.
The Lotterys first instant ticket, the Great Outdoors, was released in June 1975. Pick 3 Daily Numbers was the first regular draw game, debuting in June 1980. Several months later, the weekly games were discontinued, with the last draw held in January 1981.
Maine was part of the first multistate lottery group in the United States, joining New Hampshire and Vermont in the Tri-State Lotto Compact in April 1985. The groups first draw game was Tri-State Megabucks, a 6/30 lotto game which launched in September 1985. The Maine Lottery has found participation in multistate groups quite valuable, having joined MUSL in 2004 and the Mega Millions group in 2010. It formed yet another alliance in March 2012, joining the five other New England states in Lucky for Life.
The Lotterys current lineup of draw games includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Tri State Megabucks Plus, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Lucky for Life, Pick 3 and Pick 4.
In January 1996, a new line of instant tickets was created to benefit the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Proceeds from select $1 instant games each year are transferred to the Fund, which helps finance critical conservation and wildlife projects throughout Maine.
All other lottery proceeds benefit the states General Fund. These contributions are distributed to over 250 various state programs and services that have a direct impact on the citizens of Maine.
|News Archive 2018 |
|July 23, 2019 ||Maine Lottery sets records in Fiscal Year 2019! |
|September 5, 2018 ||Maine Lottery Records Its Best 12 Months Ever in FY2018 |
|News Archive 2017 |
|October 28, 2017 ||The Maine Lottery Gives Players a Chance at Winning Their Very Own Custom-Built Tiny House |
|April 29, 2017 ||The Maine State Lottery Surpassed $271 Million in Sales in 2016 |
|April 29, 2017 ||Thousands Pack Augusta Civic Centre for Maine Lottery Party |
|April 29, 2017 ||OPEGA Report Finds State Lottery Did Not Target Low-Income Mainers |
|News Archive 2016 |
|November 18, 2016 ||Legislative Investigation Finds Lottery Did Not Target Demographics |
|October 25, 2016 ||New Rule Prevents Lottery Winners from Receiving Food Stamps |
|September 6, 2016 ||Maine Lottery Hit the Jackpot in Latest Fiscal Year |
|August 12, 2016 ||Maine Legislature to Consider Regulating Fantasy Sports Gambling |
|July 29, 2016 ||New Law Bans Use of Some EBT Cards for Purchase of Lottery Tickets |
|April 16, 2016 ||Maine Legislators Unanimously Pass Bill Banning the Use of EBT Cash Purchases for Among Other Things Lottery Tickets |
|February 6, 2016 ||Lottery Ticket Sales Were Up State-Wide in 2015 |
|January 13, 2016 ||Maine State Lottery Launch Scientific Games-Developed Player Loyalty Program and Mobile App |
|January 12, 2016 ||Governor Says he Would Sign Bill to Kill State Lottery |
|News Archive 2015 |
|October 23, 2015 ||Maine Lottery Defends Itself Over Perceived Increase in Advertising |
|July 31, 2015 ||Maine Lottery Facing a Record Year |
|May 28, 2015 ||Trucks & Bucks: Maine Lottery Rolling Out A Popular Instant Ticket Game |
|March 27, 2015 ||In Defense of the Maine Lottery |
|March 21, 2015 ||Maine State Lottery Selects Advertising Agency |
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