RI Lottery celebrates 40th anniversary

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Lottery is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first drawing on Friday.

That momentous drawing took place at the State House for the $.50 game called “The Lot”.

Since then, the lottery has exceeded $34.6 billion in sales and has transferred more than $5.3 billion to the State General Fund.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Lottery returned to the State House Friday with a special program and exhibit on the Lottery’s evolution and its impact on Rhode Island.

More than $26 billion in prizes have been awarded to players since the Lottery began in 1974 – that’s an average of $1.8 million in prizes won per day.

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