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Washington Gaming Summary

Background

Washington has a state lottery, Clas III Indian Gaming, and charitable gaming.

Lottery

Development: Legislation creating Washington's Lottery was signed on July 16, 1982, by Governor John Spellman. Because there was a great need for funding in many areas, the Legislature was reluctant to pass any bill that would dedicate Lottery funds solely to education. Therefore, Washington's Lottery was created to provide revenues for the State General Fund, which supports schools, human services programs, natural resources, and government programs. In November 2000 voters approved Initiative Measure 728 redirecting Lottery revenue contributions from the State General Fund to the Student Achievement Fund and the Education Construction Fund. I-728 stipulates that after July 1, 2004, all Lottery revenue for education will be directed to the Education Construction Fund. In 2009, the state experienced one of the most challenging and difficult legislative sessions forcing the Governor and the Legislature to make tough decisions to fill a $9 billion state budget gap. One of these decisions was to redirect Lottery dollars for education as well as economic development contributions to the General Fund to support a wide range of important state programs, including education. On July 1, 2009, Lottery funds were redirected from the Education Construction Fund to the General Fund for the 2009-11 biennium. Also in 2009 the Legislature approved the sale of the multi-state game Powerball to the lineup of Washington's Lottery products. While the Education Construction Fund has been Lottery’s largest beneficiary, Lottery has been directed by the Legislature to make small, but important contributions to stadium funding and problem gambling prevention and treatment. The 2010 Legislative session marked an exciting change at Washington’s Lottery with the passage of Senate Bill 6409. The new law, prime sponsored by Sen. Jim Kastama, directs Lottery dollars into a new education pathways account to help fund higher education programs. Beginning July 2010, more than $100 million annually in Lottery proceeds will be dedicated to the Opportunity Pathways Account helping to fund access grants, state work study awards, and two merit scholarship programs. Additionally, funds from the account may be used to support early learning programs. Along with the Opportunity Pathways Account, Lottery proceeds will continue to contribute to stadium debt reduction for Safeco Field and Qwest Field and Exhibition Center as well as support problem gambling prevention and treatment. The Education Construction Fund will continue to be funded by other sources.

Beneficiaries: Most lottery proceeds are deposited in the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Approximately 65% of the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account goes toward helping Washington's students achieve their higher education dreams by funding college scholarships and state financial aid programs.The remaining amount, approximately 35%, is used to support early childhood learning programs. In addition to helping fund valuable education programs, through fiscal Year 2011 a portion of Washington's Lottery proceeds continued to pay down public debt on Safeco Field, as well as Century Link and Event Center. The proceeds also support problem gambling prevention and awareness, economic development, and the General Fund. Since inception, the Lottery has contributed $3.08 billion to various crucial state programs.

 

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Washington Lottery

Lottery Revenue Data (Fiscal Year)

 

Year
Total Sales
Prize Liabilities
Prize %
Net Revenue
Net %
1998
454,702,980
279,731,288
61.52%
0.00%
1999
473,395,570
296,069,694
62.54%
0.00%
2000
452,809,493
289,607,513
63.96%
100,091,527
22.10%
2001
483,903,547
288,508,745
59.62%
130,435,112
26.95%
2002
438,599,923
282,246,049
64.35%
94,993,978
21.66%
2003
460,355,436
297,975,327
64.73%
96,834,884
21.03%
2004
481,439,312
295,488,431
61.38%
119,587,058
24.84%
2005
458,131,553
280,862,647
61.31%
114,628,514
25.02%
2006
477,885,514
291,773,401
61.06%
121,078,742
25.34%
2007
492,591,164
304,834,285
61.88%
114,164,730
23.18%
2008
521,102,597
314,923,284
60.43%
130,272,508
25.00%
2009
487,718,679
301,279,527
61.77%
112,187,933
23.00%
2010
491,021,486
291,827,949
59.43%
125,020,956
25.46%
2011
510,457,424
295,155,493
57.82%
137,826,040
27.00%
2012
535,197,166
311,545,285
58.21%
144,027,195
26.91%
2013
569,587,243
339,365,820
59.58%
146,352,748
25.69%

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Total sales reflects all money wagered on the lottery in the fiscal year in question. 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.

Washington Gaming Timeline

1973: Washington State Gambling Commission(WSGC) is created

1973: Punchboards and Pull-Tabs (PB/PT) authorized

1974: Social Card Rooms authorized

1982: Bill creating Washington Lottery is signed

1983: Lummi Tribe opens casino

1983: Tulalip, Puyallup, and Muckleshoot tribes open large bingo operations

1992: Tulalip Tribe opens first compacted tribal casino


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