Arkansas Lottery Percentages Among the Worst in the Nation

National Average is 31.5%; Arkansas 21.8%

According to figures published by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Arkansas Lottery pays one of the worst percentages in the nation when it comes to proceeds as a percentage of ticket sales.

In Lottery Payouts and State Revenue, a report published by the NCSL in 2008 citing figures from state lotteries in 2006, state lotteries nationwide averaged 31.5% of ticket sales going to the states for designated purposes such as schools, highways or college scholarships.  The rest was spent on prizes and administrative costs, including advertising.