Lottery launch years and other major milestones

 

1964

The first modern lottery in the United States is launched with the debut of the New Hampshire Sweepstakes, now known as the New Hampshire Lottery

1967

New York

1970

New Jersey

1972

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania

1973

Maryland

1974

Illinois, Maine, Ohio, Rhode Island

1975

Delaware
The New Jersey Lottery introduces the first online numbers game in the U.S.

1976

Delaware launches the first sports lottery in the U.S., but it would be discontinued after 14 weeks

1978

Vermont
Massachusetts and New York launch the first lotto games in the U.S. as offline products

1981

Arizona

1982

District of Columbia, Washington State

1983

Colorado

1985

California, Iowa, Oregon
Tri-State Megabucks is the first multi-state lottery, with sales in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont

1986

Missouri, West Virginia

1987

Kansas, Montana, South Dakota
The Multi-State Lottery Association is formed with six initial members

1988

Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin
Lotto America is the first multi-state lotto game offered by the Multi-State Lottery Association

1989

Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky
South Dakota is the first lottery to introduce video lottery terminals (VLTs) at bars and clubs
Oregon introduces the first long-running sports lottery in the U.S.; the games based on professional sports would continue until 2007

1990

Minnesota
West Virginia begins a limited test of VLTs at Mountaineer Park

1991

Louisiana

1992

Texas
Oregon launches VLTs in bars and clubs
Rhode Island launches VLTs at pari-mutuel facilities
Powerball replaces Lotto America as the flagship game of the Multi-State Lottery Association with 16 member lotteries

1993

Georgia, Nebraska

1994

West Virginia launches VLTs at racetracks

1995

Delaware launches VLTs at racetracks

1996

New Mexico
The Big Game launches with six member states; it would become Mega Millions in 2002

2002

South Carolina
West Virginia launches VLTs in bars and clubs

2004

North Dakota, Tennessee
New York launches video gaming machines at racetracks

2005

Oklahoma

2006

North Carolina

2007

In December, West Virginia becomes the first U.S. lottery to introduce table games

2009

Arkansas
In September, Delaware launches a sports lottery for the second time in its history

2010

In May, Delaware introduces table games at racetracks
In September, Maryland opens its first slot casino in Perryville

2012

The Illinois Lottery begins Internet ticket sales in March
In June, Ohio opens its first racetrack casino with VLTs

2014

Wyoming

2016

Powerball sets a new world jackpot record, $1.6 billion, on January 13; three winning tickets split the prize

 

Last updated on March 10, 2016