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Nebraska Gaming Summary

Background

Nebraska has a state lottery and pari-mutuel betting on horse-racing, and Class II wagering at tribal government gamblng establishments.

Lottery

Development: In November of 1992, 63 percent of Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the creation of a state lottery. The Nebraska Lottery was created by LB 138, passed by the Nebraska Legislature on February 24, 1993. When the Nebraska Lottery began, it was the 37th lottery in the United States.

Beneficiaries: Since 1993, the Nebraska Lottery has raised $449 million for its beneficiary funds. Projects in each of Nebraska's 93 counties have benefited from Lottery proceeds.

Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters in November of 2004 established the following distribution formula: Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent), Education as determined by the Legislature (44.5 percent) (distributed among the Education Innovation Fund and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund), Nebraska State Fair (10 percent), and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).

 

Horse Racing

The Nebraska State Racing Commission was established by the Nebraska Legislature in 1935. The purpose of the Racing Commission, with resources authorized by the legislature and approved by the governor, is to prevent and eliminate corrupt practices in horseracing and pari-mutuel wagering, to maintain a high level of integrity and honesty in the horse racing industry, to insure and promote the safety of racing participants and horses, and to receive and disperse funds pursuant to statutory requirements; and thereby to support and encourage agriculture and horse breeding in Nebraska.

 

For more information:

Nebraska Lottery 

Nebraska State Racing Commission

 

Lottery Revenue Data (Fiscal Year)

 

Year
Total Sales
Prize Liabilities
Prize %
Net Revenue
Net %
2004
92,608,643
52,607,966
56.81%
19,344,271
20.89%
2005
100,658,171
58,352,134
57.97%
23,530,450
23.38%
2006
113,108,341
63,722,319
56.34%
29,667,502
26.23%
2007
114,488,888
65,397,832
57.12%
28,594,448
24.98%
2008
121,910,010
69,239,065
56.80%
30,257,059
24.82%
2009
123,250,932
71,860,963
58.30%
28,574,918
23.18%
2010
130,580,151
75,034,151
57.46%
31,631,557
24.22%
2011
131,919,319
76,871,012
58.27%
30,294,422
22.96%
2012
150,612,389
87,392,819
58.02%
36,677,452
24.35%
2013
160,753,074
93,092,437
57.91%
39,717,244
24.71%

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Total sales reflects all money wagered on the lottery in the fiscal year in question. Total revenue is total sales plus interest earned on the lottery fund balance and miscellaneous revenue sources . Prize liability is the total amount of prize money paid back to winners. Net Revenue (before operating expenses) is the total revenue minus vendor and retailer commissions and prize payouts. Prize and net revenue percentages are taken from the total revenues.

Nebraska Gaming Timeline

1935: Nebraska State Racing Commission established

1992: Voters approve constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery

1993: On February 24, the Nebraska Legislature passes a bill creating the Nebraska Lottery

1993: On Setptember 11, scratch ticket sales began

1994: Lotto ticket sales began

2004: Amendment 4 passed by Nebraska voters, changing the lottery's distribution formula


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