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Lottery Revenues and State Lottery Laws

Lotteries are games of chance where players buy tickets in order to win a prize. Lotteries are operated by state governments. In the US, forty-five states operate lotteries. A number of local governments have developed e-games that allow people to play video lottery games online.

The United States Lottery has almost 1,000 drawings each week. Prize pools are large. Winning combinations are complicated. However, they are not suspicious.

State government revenues from video games and parimutuel wagering are also collected. Most governments collect between 20 and 30 percent of gross lottery revenue. These revenues are earmarked for a number of programs. Some states dedicate the majority of lottery revenue to particular programs.

The Kansas Lottery provides funding for the Kansas Gaming Fund, juvenile facilities, and correctional facilities. The Lottery also offers wagering on horse and dog races.

In 2007, the Kansas Legislature passed the SB 66, which authorized the State to operate a lottery. This legislation allows the Lottery to place electronic gaming machines at parimutuel locations and at casinos. It also authorizes the use of instant bingo vending machines.

Although the Kansas Constitution prohibits lotteries, there are a few exceptions. In 1859, voters approved the prohibition. Since then, the Constitution has been amended several times to authorize exceptions.

Among the most notable exceptions are those that allow state-owned casinos and lottery vending machines. To qualify for this type of exception, a county must not have a law that prohibits electronic gambling machines.