Missouri Lottery marks 25 years of sales

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 10:13 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri Lottery is marking 25 years' worth of ticket sales.

Lottery officials were to be joined Tuesday by state education officials for an anniversary event in the Missouri Capitol.

A constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery was approved by Missouri voters in November 1984. But it wasn't until Jan. 20, 1986, that the sales began with a game called "Jackpot '86."

From its first year through the end of the 2010 fiscal year, the lottery has recorded nearly $13 billion in sales.

In 1992, voters approved a constitutional amendment that earmarks lottery proceeds for public education.


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