89% of Lottery dollars paid out to Winners
Who wins the Oregon Lottery? Real people just like YOU. Every day, from every corner of the state, they win big and small and we love celebrating all of them!Winners
Where the Money Goes
Since it began selling tickets in 1985, the Lottery has grown to become the second largest revenue producer for the state, following income tax revenues and continues to do good things for Oregon. Since 1985, the Lottery has transferred over $9 billion to help support public education, economic development, state parks and watershed enhancement. It has also paid players over $28 billion in prizes.LEARN MORE
To help jump-start Oregon’s ailing economy and support economic development and job creation throughout the state, the Oregon Lottery was established in 1984 by Oregon voters.
On April 25, 1985, the Oregon Lottery began selling its first game, a Scratch-it called “Pot of Gold.” By November of that year, Oregon’s Game Megabucks℠ followed as the first computer-operated lottery game in Oregon.
A new multi-state lottery game, Lotto America, is launched, with Oregon as one of the seven original members. The game is now Powerball and is played in 47 lottery jurisdictions.
The Oregon Lottery is now offering Keno, Powerball®, Daily 4, Breakopens (pull-tabs), and Video Lottery℠ games (poker only) throughout the state. The Video Lottery gaming system served as a milestone, as it was the first 24-hour, centrally controlled gaming system in the country.
Oregon voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing Lottery funds to be used for public education. Today, 53% of Lottery dollars go to public schools.
Oregon voters again add a constitutional amendment to allow Lottery dollars to go to natural resources that include watershed enhancement and funding to State Parks. A total of 15% of Lottery funds go to these programs.
Win for Life, a new on-line draw game, is added to the Lottery’s game portfolio.
A Milwaukie couple wins a $30 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot. It is still the largest-ever jackpot won for that game.
The West and Chaney families from Southern Oregon win a $340 million Powerball jackpot. At that time, it was the largest U.S. jackpot ever won.
Total prizes won by Lottery winners exceeds $16 billion.
Oregon adds the multi-state game, Mega Millions, to its big jackpot game menu.
The Lottery surpasses the $1 billion sales level for the eighth consecutive year.
The Lottery Responsible Gambling Code of Practice that provides a proactive approach to the promotion of responsible gambling practices and details how the Lottery plans to implement its values as well as guidance to staff on ethical standards and how to achieve them.
Oregon voters approve a constitutional amendment allowing Lottery funds to be used for veteran services and Outdoor School. Today 4% of funds go to Outdoor School, and 1.5% go to veteran services.
The Oregon Lottery launches a new sports betting game, Scoreboard. The game is available on-line only through Scoreboard’s mobile app or on desktop computers.
To date, the Lottery has provided more than $12.5 billion to help fund statewide programs and projects Oregonians care about.
A Park for Adventurers
Rugged and vast, Cottonwood Canyon is one of Oregon’s largest state parks at over 8,000 acres. Bordered by another 10,000 acres of federally-maintained public lands, this special place gives a new depth of meaning to the phrase “getting away from it all”. Before white settlers took hold of this land, the river was known as the Mah Hah to the Native Americans. In the 19th Century it was renamed the John Day River as part of a privately-owned cattle ranch. Between 1964 and 2008, the canyon and surrounding property were purchased by Oregon State Parks and the Western Rivers Conservancy. Seeking to protect the canyon while allowing the public to access the breathtaking area, Cottonwood Canyon became an Oregon State Park in 2013. With help from Oregon Lottery dollars, it’s been transformed into a unique wilderness and recreation experience for Oregonians and visitors alike. In 2019, more than $2 million in lottery dollars helped fund a learning center, cabins and restrooms, making it easier for visitors to set up a base camp from which to explore all Cottonwood Canyon has to offer. Plans are in the works to build a boat launch for easier access to the clear and open waters of the John Day, the largest free flowing river in the western United States. This undammed waterway is home to a year-round angler’s delight. Winter native steelhead, catfish and summer small-mouth bass mean the fish are constantly biting. Down the road, there’ll be even more ways to access the wild, back country of Cottonwood Canyon. Whether you choose to visit when spring turns the hills green or in winter when snow blankets the cliffs, just make sure you go to this unique and special place. It’s a perfect sample of the natural beauty of Oregon.
Peer-to-Peer Support for Veterans
At Project ABLE, veterans receive training to help fellow veterans with behavioral health. Thanks to a grant of lottery dollars, Salem-based Project ABLE will train veterans as peer support specialists for other veterans with behavioral health issues. In peer support, an individual provides support to another who shares similar life experiences. Fellow veterans will be trained as support specialists because those who’ve also taken the Oath of Enlistment best understand military related trauma. This sort of support, along with additional wellness classes and services, can provide veterans-in-need with a much brighter future. Thanks to Lottery support, Project ABLE’s training will benefit veterans in six northwest Oregon counties.