Kansas Lottery History

Interested in learning about the Kansas Lottery history?  The Kansas Lottery is run by the government of Kansas. It is a charter member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

In November 1986, voters approved a constitutional amendment (with 64 percent voting in favor) authorizing the creation of a government-run lottery. The Kansas Legislature passed the “Kansas Lottery Act” in 1987, establishing the Lottery. The mission of the Lottery is to produce the maximum amount of revenue possible for Kansas, while insuring the integrity of its games.

The Kansas Lottery offers $1, $2,$3 $5, $10, $20, and $30 scratch tickets, plus $1 and $2 instant “pull-tab” games. The Lottery also offers the draw games Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America, Super Kansas Cash, Pick 3, 2by2, and Keno, Lottery products are sold at approximately 1,900 retailers. Kansas’ newest draw game is the multi-state Lucky for Life, whose earliest version was a Connecticut-only game.

All Kansas Lottery games have a minimum age of 18.

The Lottery sponsors several races at the Kansas Speedway, including the Kansas Lottery 150 and the Kansas Lottery 300.

Kansas Lottery History

Article 15 of the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the operation of a state-run lottery. The Kansas Lottery Act was passed by the Kansas Legislature in 1987, and is contained in K.S.A. 74-8701 through K.S.A. 74-8732. The Lottery Act establishes the state-owned and operated Kansas Lottery, and sets parameters for organization and operation of the Lottery. The Lottery is established by KSA 74-8703, the Kansas Lottery Commission is created by KSA 74-8709, and the powers and duties of the Executive Director are outlined in KSA 74-8704 and KSA 74-8706. Distribution of all revenue from the Kansas Lottery is also directed by the Legislature pursuant to K.S.A. 79-4801 through K.S.A. 79-4806. In addition to the Act itself, individual game and promotion rules are set forth in temporary administrative regulations passed by the Kansas Lottery Commission at their meetings (usually monthly).

In 1987, ticket sales for the Kansas Lottery began in 21 cities. The first instant game was “Up and Away”, with a grand prize drawing of $100,000. The first week’s sales were $7 million. The Kansas Lottery gradually introduced games. The early success of the Lottery allowed it to create elaborate marketing campaigns, including a traveling singing group, the Kansas Lottery Singers. The group took popular songs, changing lyrics for Lottery commercials. They traveled around Kansas from June to September 1988. Also in the late 1980s, the Lottery constructed a building on the Hutchinson fairgrounds. This building was used as a studio for the game show Kansas Lottery Live. Winners were drawn from a giant tub filled with non-winning lottery tickets. The game show ran on WIBW-TV, and later by the KSN TV network. The game’s original hosts were Fred Broski and Teri Messner. Messner eventually left the show, replaced by Robin Smith, who co-hosted until the show ended in 1990.

The Kansas Lottery continued to introduce instant-win games, including those with higher price points. In 1995, the Kansas Legislature approved and the governor signed the renewal of the Kansas Lottery until 2002.

By 2000, the Lottery had produced $500 million for Kansas. The Lottery re-entered the game show business in 2000 by participating in the Powerball Instant Millionaire series.

In 2007, the Kansas Legislature passed Senate Bill 66, extending the Lottery until 2022 and creating the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act authorizing the Lottery, on behalf of Kansas, to own and operate four destination casinos. Electronic gaming machines would also be allowed at three parimutuel racetracks.

SB 66, as amended, created the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act which authorizes the following:

Create “gaming zones” (casinos): Northeast Kansas Gaming Zone (Wyandotte County); Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone (Crawford and Cherokee counties); South Central Kansas Gaming Zone (Sedgwick and Summer counties); and the Southwest Kansas Gaming Zone (Ford County);
Pari-mutuel licensee; i.e. a racetrack facility. A pari-mutuel licensee may include any existing structure at such racetrack facility or any structure that may be constructed on real estate with such racetrack facility.
The Kansas Lottery Commission is responsible for ownership and operational control of all provisions of the Act and is authorized to enter into contracts with the gaming managers for gaming at the exclusive and nonexclusive gaming zones.

On December 22, 2008, ground was broken for the Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City. Boot Hill is the first complex built under the 2007 Kansas Expanded Lottery Act authorizing one casino in each of four areas to generate revenue for Kansas. A private developer, Butler National Corporation, built the casino and manages it, but the Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling and the gambling equipment. The groundbreaking ceremony was held for Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway on April 30, 2010, Kansas’ second government-run casino. The fourth casino to open was the Kansas Crossing Casino on March 31, 2017. The Kansas Crossing Casino is located in Pittsburg, KS. in Crawford County inside the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone.

The Kansas Lottery offers hundreds of different instant scratch games as well as second-chance promotions through its loyalty program PlayOn. The promotions offer PlayOn members chances to win tickets to sporting events, concerts, and other interesting experiences. For the past 11 years, the Kansas Lottery has held the “Millionaire Holiday Raffle” (a $20 ticket where players have a 1-in-200,000 chance to win $1 million. The Lottery also participates in draw games including Powerball, Mega Millions, Super Kansas Cash, Lucky for Life, Lotto America, Pick 3, Racetrax, Keno, and 2by2.


Boot Hill Casino, Dodge City
After the creation of the “gaming zones” in the SB 66 amendment to the Kansas Lottery Act, the first Kansas-owned casino opened in Dodge City in December 2009. Boot Hill Casino has approximately 580 slot machines, and 13 table games – including blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker. Phase 2 of construction was scheduled to be complete in December 2011. Phase 2 includes adding a hotel, day spa, two restaurants, lounges, and it approximately doubles the gaming floor.

Hollywood Casino, Kansas Speedway

On April 30, 2010, the groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the second Kansas-owned casino negotiated under the Expanded Lottery Act. Kansas Entertainment (composed of equal parts International Speedway Corp. and Penn National Gaming Inc.) developed the $386 million casino, set to open in 2012.

The Hollywood Casino has several phases planned, the first phase includes a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) casino floor, 2,300 slot machines, 86 table games and a lounge and eating facilities. Later phases may include areas such as a spa and a convention center, almost doubling the original bid of $386 million.

The casino opened in February 2012 and is located the second turn of the Kansas Speedway track.

Kansas Crossing Casino, Pittsburg

The fourth and final casino license was awarded to the Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, KS. on June 23, 2015 by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. The Kansas Crossing Casino is an $80-million casino and hotel located at the intersection of Kansas Highways 69 and 400 just south of Pittsburg, KS. The Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel opened with over 625 slot machines, 16 table games, a 124 room Hampton Inn & Suites, Two Brothers Mining Company restaurant, and an indoor/outdoor entertainment venue called The Corral.

The casino opened to the public on March 31, 2017.

Now you know all about the Kansas Lottery history!