Oklahoma Lottery Commission
- 3817 North Santa Fe
- Oklahoma City, OK 73118 - US
- $73,342,027Prizes Paid to Players
- $53,813,688Transfers to Beneficiaries
Lottery Impact on the Economy
- In Oklahoma, 1,850 retailers generated $151,502,503 in gross sales.
- This economic activity generated $53,813,688 in transfers to beneficiaries.
- $73,342,027 was awarded to players in prizes.
History of Oklahoma Lottery Commission
In November 2004, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved two State Questions referred to the ballot after legislators passed the measures the year before. One created the Oklahoma Education Lottery Act and the other created the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund.
Ticket sales began on October 12, 2005 with four instant games. A month later, the Lottery introduced its first draw game, Pick 3, and Powerball followed shortly thereafter in January 2006. In September 2006, Cash 5 made its debut. Hot Lotto became the Lottery’s second multistate game when it started in January 2008; two years later Mega Millions was added to the lineup. Pick 4 launched in July 2011. Pick 4 was dropped on August 31, 2013 and a new game, Poker Pick, including an instant win component plus a nightly drawing component was added on September 7th. In October of 2017, the Hot Lotto game ended and shortly after, in November, Lotto America was added. In February of 2018, Poker Pick will end and the Oklahoma Lottery will join the Lucky 4 Life game.
A Player’s Club was introduced in August 2007, offering members advance notice on new games, promotions, winner’s stories, special events, Lottery news, surveys and how-to-play information, plus a daily email with winning numbers.
The mission of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission is to maximize revenues for public education through the creation and marketing of fun and entertaining products consistent with the highest levels of service, integrity and public accountability.
Lottery proceeds benefit education in Oklahoma. Lottery proceeds benefit education in Oklahoma. All profits go for education programs. The initial law required a minimum 35% profit which greatly restricted sales and profits. The 2017 Legislature amended that requirement to provide that the first $50 million of net proceeds will be distributed according to the initial requirements*, and any profits in excess of that will be collected and appropriated later, as cash, to reading programs or to Science, Engineering, Technology and Math programs (STEM).
*Initial distribution requirements:
- Higher education, 45 percent. Revenues are used for tuition grants, loans and scholarships for Oklahomans, renovations and expansions of universities and colleges throughout the state and endowed chairs for professors at higher education institutions. Funds can also be used for construction of educational facilities, capital outlay projects and technological upgrades for educational institutions.
- Elementary and secondary education, 45 percent. Revenues are used for such things as compensation for public school teachers, support employees and early childhood development programs. Funds can also be used for construction of educational facilities, capital outlay projects and technological upgrades for school systems.
- Teachers’ Retirement System Dedicated Revenue Revolving Fund, 5 percent.
- School Consolidation and Assistance Fund, 5 percent.