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.