It's been a fast 40!

Washington State is celebrating some mighty big numbers as the Lottery turns 40 years old...a pretty big number in and of itself!!

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My personal lottery experience has concluded just as it began with a 5 dollar loser last week but that's not to say some "Lucky Dog Hasn't Won It"!

Washington’s Lottery today announced that it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary with a blast from the past, as it reflects on the last 40 years of service to the state of Washington.  Washington’s Lottery is going retro and bringing back some ‘80s flavor with the launch of a new, limited-edition 40th anniversary Scratch ticket. “Scratch from the Past” ticket launches July 18

But since that first day in 1982, the Lottery has experienced more than $17.7 billion in sales, $10.5 billion in prizes awarded, and $2.4 billion contributed towards educational causes.

Director of Washington’s Lottery, Marcus Glasper:

It’s surreal that it’s already been 40 years. That’s 40 years of making someone’s day when they found out they’ve won, 40 years of working alongside our fantastic retailers, 40 years of giving back to the state to benefit good causes, 40 years of developing new games for players, and so much more.

The lottery wasn't without its controversy at the beginning but millions and millions of dollars buy a lot of rethinking!  The Lottery has generated more than $4.5 billion to support several important state programs, including $2 billion to the State General Fund which distributes revenue to a variety of government programs relating to schools, human services, and natural resources; $1.5 billion to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA), which helps support education in Washington state; $879.5 million to education construction for the maintenance, repair, and renovation of K-12 schools and higher education institutions; and $285 million for the Stadium and Exhibition Center Account (Lumen Field).

As the Lottery folks always say:

Keep it fun. Know your limit. Washington’s Lottery is an advocate for responsible gaming and collaborates with the Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling to provide resources for those in need.

More information is available at www.walottery.com/Responsibility.

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