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South Dakota Lottery


In November 1986, 60 percent of the electorate in a statewide referendum voted to amend the state constitution to allow for a state-operated Lottery.

In 1987, legislators authorized the creation of the South Dakota Lottery, its commission and the sale of instant tickets. On Sept. 30, 1987, six months after the legislation was signed into law, the Lottery sold its first instant ticket. The Lottery repaid its $1.5 million start-up loan plus interest to the state in three months.

For the next two years, Video Lottery was studied intensely by legislative and private groups. In 1988, legislation was introduced to authorize Video Lottery, but the bill fell one vote short of the required two-thirds majority in the state Senate. In 1989, similar Video Lottery legislation was introduced on behalf of the Lottery Commission and this time passed. On Oct. 16, 1989, South Dakota pioneered the first state Video Lottery in the nation. In 1992, Video Lottery appeared on the general election ballot as an initiated measure for repeal. South Dakotans voted by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin to keep Video Lottery. Shortly after the election, a lawsuit was filed questioning the constitutionality of Video Lottery. The lawsuit eventually made its way to the state Supreme Court, where on June 22, 1994, justices declared Video Lottery unconstitutional. In a special legislative session in July 1994, lawmakers passed a resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the general election ballot to reauthorize Video Lottery. A court order to shut down Video Lottery was handed down on Aug. 12, 1994. South Dakotans voted by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin to reauthorize Video Lottery. On Nov. 22, 1994, Video Lottery was restarted. On Nov. 7, 2000, voters defeated a measure to outlaw video lottery by a 54 to 46 margin.

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State of South Dakota
Pierre SD
United States 57501



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