The Connecticut Lottery was created by legislation in June 1971. The fourth lottery in the country, ticket sales began February 15, 1972, with a weekly passive game simply called The Lottery. Another weekly game called Double Play began in 1974, and the Lottery also began offering a subscription program that allowed players to choose their own numbers for a specified period of up to one year.
On September 9, 1975, the Lottery introduced its first instant game, Instant Match. Single instant games were on the market until 1990, when a multiple game strategy began. On the draw side, Daily Numbers made its debut as a 3-digit game in March 1977; a 4-digit version, Play 4, began in 1980. The first jackpot game launched as Lotto in 1983, and the first multistate game was Powerball in 1995.
Current draw games include Powerball, Mega Millions, Classic Lotto, Cash 5, Play 3, Play 4 and Lucky for Life. The latter is a New England regional game launched in 2012, based upon Connecticut’s own original Lucky-4-Life, a very successful game that began in 2009.
Television has played a big role in the Connecticut Lottery’s history, and its weekly Double Play TV show became the highest rated program originating in Connecticut after it debuted in 1976.
Like many lotteries, Connecticut began as a state agency. As political leaders recognized the need for it to operate as a major retail business, it became a quasi-public corporation, the Connecticut Lottery Corp., on July 1, 1996.
Lottery revenues flow to the state’s General Fund, providing support for all the state’s valuable services and programs, including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.
Year Established: 1972
Products Offered: Scratch games, 3-digit games (Play3 Day, Play3 Night), 4-digit games (Play4 Day, Play4 Night), Cash5 (matrix: 5/35), Lotto (matrix: 6/44), Powerball (matrix: 5/59 + 1/35), New England’s Game Lucky for Life (matrix: 4/40 + 1/21), Mega Millions (matrix: 5/56 + 1/46), Superdraw.
Beneficiaries: General Funds