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Wisconsin Gaming Summary

Background

Wisconsin has a state lottery, Class III tribal gaming, pari-mutuel wagering, and charitable gaming.

Lottery

Development:Wisconsin citizens voted on legalizing a lottery in 1987; play began in 1988.

Beneficiaries: The Wisconsin Lottery has generated more than $3 billion for Property Tax relief since 1988.

 

For more information:

Wisconsin Lottery

 

Lottery Revenue Data (Fiscal Year)

 

Year
Total Sales
Prize Liabilities
Prize %
1994
495,520,911
273,690,419
55.23%
1995
518,914,971
298,817,689
57.59%
1996
482,123,960
276,966,126
57.45%
1997
431,091,169
244,020,253
56.61%
1998
418,640,287
238,402,180
56.95%
1999
428,196,082
236,701,820
55.28%
2000
406,670,168
233,222,782
57.35%
2001
401,188,555
232,899,212
58.05%
2002
427,550,343
241,599,069
56.51%
2003
435,037,814
248,509,617
57.12%
2004
482,920,339
275,179,344
56.98%
2005
451,872,040
262,183,835
58.02%
2006
509,057,355
293,912,549
57.74%
2007
492,778,612
292,114,947
59.28%
2008
494,727,068
286,412,175
57.89%
2009
473,414,254
279,884,602
59.12%
2010
480,942,004
272,987,839
56.76%
2011
502,651,786
292,657,540
58.22%
2012
547,734,195
320,115,375
58.44%

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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. Prize percentages are taken from the total revenues.

Wisconsin Gaming Timeline

1965: Voters ratify a constutional amendment to permit sweepstakes in promotional contests

1973: Voters ratify a constutional amendment to permit charitable bingo

1977: Voters ratify a constutional amendment to permit charitable raffles

1987: Voters ratify a constutional amendment to permit pari-mutuel on-track wagering

1987: In April, voters ratify a constitutional amendment to create an exception to the ban on lotteries for a state-run lottery by a 739,181-to-391,942 vote.

1988: On September 14, first Wisconsin Lottery games go on sale. Instant Game "Match 3" and Pull-tab "Wisconsin Red" launched

1989: On August 10, first lotto game is played

1989: Tentative compacts for Class III gaming on tribal lands reached with several tribes

1990: Attorney General's opinion declares casino games illegal under current statutes

1991: Subsequent opinions pave the way for tribal-state gaming compacts

1992: In June, the governor signed compacts with 11 tribes permitting blackjack, electronic gaming machines, and pull-tabs

1992: Lottery launches Daily Pick 3.

1997: Daily Pick 4 is introduced.

 


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