North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries Where the Money Goes
Brian Rockey
Brian Rockey

Nebraska Lottery

  • $205,282,690
  • $48,178,938
    Transfers to Beneficiaries
  • $122,341,140
    Prizes Paid to Players
  • 1,211
* Information displayed reflects data collected for fiscal year 2021

Lottery Impact on the Economy

  • In Nebraska, 1,211 retailers generated $205,282,690 in gross sales.
  • This economic activity generated $48,178,938 in transfers to beneficiaries.
  • $122,341,140 was awarded to players in prizes.

History of Nebraska Lottery

In November 1992, 63 percent of Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery. Legislation creating the Nebraska Lottery was passed in February 1993, and ticket sales began on September 11 of that year. The first game was Nebraska Match 3, a $1 scratch ticket.

Powerball was the Lottery’s first draw game, with sales beginning in July 1994. It was an immediate success, boosted by having a local jackpot winner just nine days after launch.

The original enabling legislation divided Lottery proceeds between the Education Innovation Fund, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund.

In 2004, voters approved an amendment that established a new distribution formula for lottery beneficiaries:

  • Education: 44.5 percent, as directed by the legislature; currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund 
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund: 44.5 percent
  • Nebraska State Fair: 10 percent
  • Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund: 1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year
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