Arkansas Lottery Rolls Out More Scratch-Off Tickets

Earlier this month the Arkansas Lottery rolled out five new scratch-off tickets that sell for anywhere from $1 to $10 each.

They are:

  • Lucky 7 ($1)
  • Jumbo Bucks Maximum ($2)
  • Scrabble Crossword ($3)
  • Power 5 ($5)
  • $200,000 Jackpot ($10)

Scratch-off tickets are controversial, because they are tied to problem gambling and gambling addiction.

For example, a 2015 study in Canada described them as “paper slot machines.” 

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions also found a link between how often a person played scratch-off tickets and the severity of a person’s gambling problem.

Besides being addictive, scratch-off tickets are not as profitable for the Arkansas Lottery as draw games like Powerball and MegaMillions.

In spite of all of this, the Arkansas Lottery still relies very heavily on scratch-off tickets.

Most of the revenue from the Arkansas Lottery’s scratch-off tickets is spent on prizes for lottery players.

With the Arkansas Lottery’s five newest scratch-off tickets, anywhere from 61% – 76% of the money from ticket sales goes straight to prizes. Very little goes to college scholarships.

As long as the state-run lottery depends on scratch-off tickets and spends most of its money on prizes, it will never provide as much funding as possible for Arkansas’ college scholarships.

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Slot Machine Group Spends Another $78K+ On Petition Effort

In January the group Arcade Arkansas spent $78,408.58 on its petition drive to bring casino-style gambling machines to Arkansas, according to reports filed this week with the state Ethics Commission.

Over $70,000 of the group’s funds went to Spur Line Strategies for “Signature/Political Consulting,” the report indicated.

Arcade Arkansas is putting serious money into its effort to amend the state constitution to bring casino-style gambling machines to Arkansas.

The group has spent nearly $359,000 on the effort since last summer.

If they are successful, the amendment will legalize some 15,000 gambling machines statewide under the Arkansas Lottery and could create miniature casinos all over the state — with little or no oversight to prevent fraud or corruption.

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