May 29, 2014
RHODE ISLAND LOTTERY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
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Friday, May 30, 2014, marks the 40th Anniversary of the first Rhode Island Lottery drawing. That momentous drawing took place at the State House for the $.50 game called "The Lot". Since then, the Rhode Island Lottery has exceeded $34.6 billion in sales and has transferred more than $5.3 billion to the State General Fund.
To commemorate this anniversary, the Lottery returns to the Statehouse this Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a special program and exhibit on the Lottery's evolution and its impact on Rhode Island. Wrapping up this celebration will be a live drawing of the recently added midday draw of "The Numbers" Game.
The 40th Anniversary slogan, "40 Years of Fun", is also a celebration of 40 years of winning. In fact, more than $26 billion in prizes have been awarded to players since the Lottery began in 1974 - that's an average of $1.8 million in prizes won per day.
None of this success would be possible without the Lottery's long-term partnership with GTECH Corporation, the architects of the systems utilized by the Lottery to generate, sell, and validate tickets. All that technology is put to use every day by the more than 1,100 Lottery Retailers across the State, whose hard work selling Lottery products has resulted in more than $379.6 million in commissions earned since 1974 by the neighborhood "Mom and Pop" stores, restaurants, taverns, and corporate chains. In fact, some of the original Retailers from 1974 are still licensed Lottery Retailers today.
The Rhode Island Lottery remains steadfast in its commitment to maximize revenues for the State, while maintaining the trust and best interest of all Rhode Island citizens. We would like to thank all of those who have supported the Lottery over the years, especially the players who have Played Responsibly and continue to enjoy the Lottery as it was intended when it started 40 years ago - a fun, positive way to generate revenue for the State of Rhode Island.