The Oklahoma Lottery was established in 2004 and has been selling tickets since 2005. They have hatched some inventive methods in the past to increase sales including giving away a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle, $500 toward a summer electric bill and even 100 pounds of bacon. In 2015, Oklahoma lottery officials also offered what's fast becoming a must-have addition to householders in Oklahoma: storm shelters.
Oklahoma Mega Millions
Oklahoma Mega Millions was introduced on 31st January. Oklahoma Mega Millions is a big multi-state jackpot game that begins with an incredible $15,000,000 jackpot which can grow larger with rollovers. Draws occur every Tuesday and Friday night. Odds of winning the Oklahoma Mega Millions jackpot are one in 175.5 million and overall odds of winning any prize are one in 40.
On 5th March 1995 the Oklahoma Lottery became the 19th lottery to join the multistate game Powerball. Oklahoma Powerball is also played twice a week; every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Oklahoma Hot Lotto
Oklahoma Hot Lotto was introduced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Powerball with the first draw taken on 10th April 2002. Oklahoma Hot Lotto joined on 3rd January 2008 andgives smaller lotteries the opportunity to create the "middle-sized" jackpots.
Oklahoma Cash 5 winning numbers occur nightly and are conducted via computer. Players select 5 numbers from 1 to 36 and can play up to 5 games on one lottery ticket. The Oklahoma Cash 5 jackpot is a fixed amount of $35,211 less Federal and State taxes, resulting in winners receiving a cheque for $25,000. Prizes are worth approximately 48% of sales.
To play Oklahoma Pick 3, players choose three digits from 0 to 9 or have them randomly selected by the lottery terminal (Easy Pick). They then select the play type:
All Oklahoma Poker Pick tickets are Easy Pick (Lucky Dip), so players cannot select their own cards. Each ticket will display 5 from a deck of 52 cards. Players can win up to $10,000 instantly if the cards on their Oklahoma Poker Pick tickets match one of the winning poker hands listed at the bottom of the ticket and if a player has a hand of “Jacks or Better” they also win a prize. This was Oklahoma’s first ever combined instant / draw game where players can win a prize instantly, then win again in the nightly draw. It was launched in September 2015 and offers the largest Oklahoma-only top prize of $100,000. Tickets can be bought until 8:59 pm nightly and draws are held 7 days a week after 9 pm.
The odds of winning $10,000 are 1:2,598,960 and all prize tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date.
The first Oklahoma Powerball jackpot to be won and the second largest to date was the huge US$ 101.8 million claimed by the WJW Investment Trust from the draw on 17th June 2006. The Trust decided to take the cash option of US$46,276,534.29. Oklahoma State was also a winner; it received over $1.8 million in state taxes.
The second Oklahoma Powerball jackpot to be won, and the largest to date, was $105.8 million won on 27th June 2007. It was bought in the Sequoyah County town of Roland and was won by Don and Joyce Harvey, a couple who were 64 and 50-years-old at the time. They claimed their prize on 29th June 2007 and chose the cash option of $33.7 million after tax withholdings. Their win helped the University of Oklahoma Medical Centre enabling doctors to buy and operate a mobile research unit that studies diabetes in children who live in rural areas. Don Harvey, a former truck driver, admitted that before winning the Oklahoma Powerball, his biggest investments were tyres for his truck. He told the press that "helping the world is our investment.” His wife Joyce, a member of the Cherokee Nation, said that she was concerned about the number of American Indian children at risk from diabetes. "It’s a blessing we are able to help people,” she said. "Children are our future”.
The third largest jackpot win in Oklahoma Powerball Lottery history was the huge US$ 84.9 million that was claimed on 2nd July 2008by the Heritage Trust. Under Oklahoma law, a lottery jackpot winner is allowed to remain anonymous as long as lottery officials know the winner's true identity. This winning ticket was sold at an Altus convenience store who received $25,000 from the lottery commission for selling the ticket.
The fourth largest Oklahoma Powerball jackpot win to date occurred on 21st November 2009 when the End of the Rainbow Trust claimed US$ 32.8 million. They opted for the cash payment which meant a $16.7 million pay out after $11.9 million in taxes. Richard Craig served as the trustee. He was an attorney with the law firm of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City. The winning jackpot ticket was sold at Kwik Chek in Kiowa
For all prizes worth over $600, the Oklahoma Lottery issues a federal form W2-G to the winner for tax purposes. With all prizes over $5,000, all applicable state and federal taxes are automatically withheld; 4% State and 25% Federal.
A very early Oklahoma lottery occurred in late July and early August of 1901, when land was opened for settlement in 13,000 160-acre tracts within the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache reservation and the Wichita-Caddo-Delaware reservation. These tracts of land were divided into two districts: El Reno and Lawton. Individuals could register for a lottery draw to win one of these plots and those whose names were drawn could then go and stake their claim. A book lists the names of the individuals whose names were drawn in the 1901 land lottery are held at the El Reno land office.
The modern-day lottery began in 1964, when the New Hampshire Lottery conducted the first lottery draw on 12th September. In the United States, lotteries are now run by 47 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Having only been approved in 2003, the Oklahoma Lottery was one of the last states to start selling lottery tickets when sales began on 12th October 2005. This began in April 2003, when the Oklahoma legislature passed two separate pieces of legislation referring the creation of a state lottery in Oklahoma. Senate Joint Resolution 22 referred State Question 706 to a vote by Oklahomans.
House Bill 1278, referred to the People as State Question 705, created the Oklahoma Education Lottery Act (Title 3A, Sections 701-735 of the Oklahoma Statutes; Chapter 58 of the 2003 Session Laws). Voters in Oklahoma also overwhelmingly approved State Question 705 on 2nd November 2004.
On 25th February 2005 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry presided over the very first meeting of the new Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission, urging members to move quickly in hopes of getting the lottery up and running the following autumn. In one of the fastest start-ups in modern-day lottery history, the Oklahoma Lottery launched its Scratcher games on 12th October 2005, followed by Pick 3 on 10th November and Oklahoma Powerball on 12th January 2006. Oklahoma Hot Lotto began on 3rd January 2008 and Oklahoma Mega Millions was introduced on 31st January 2010.
On 2nd November 2004, Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to pass the "Oklahoma Education Lottery Act". This meant that net proceeds of all Oklahoma lottery games were to be used to support enhancements and improvements in education. These proceeds are used to supplement rather than replace existing funds for education. Proceeds now benefit all levels of education from Pre-K to higher education. It is split in the following way:
An Oklahoma lottery retailer receives a 6% commission on total sales and 0.75% commission on prizes won, as compensation for promoting and selling Oklahoma lottery products. Any cash prize worth $600 or less can be redeemed at a licensed retailer but prizes over that amount but less than $5,000 can be claimed at an Oklahoma Lottery Claim Centre or by post. All winnings must be claimed within 180 days from the drawing date.
In Oklahoma, the first $750,000 of unclaimed prizes is transferred to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the treatment of compulsive gambling disorders and educational programs related to these issues on an annual basis. All other unclaimed prizes are added back to the overall prize pool to be awarded for future prizes or special prize promotions, and if not used, the money is distributed to education.
In 2013 the Oklahoma lottery commission accidentally passed hundreds of hopeful participants to a phone sex line after they printed the wrong phone number of a batch of lottery tickets. Players who were looking for that day's lucky numbers heard something that they were least expecting: The Freephone number printed on the tickets which should lead to a message with the day's Oklahoma lottery winning numbers instead connected callers to America's Hottest Talk Line'.