In November 1986, 60 percent of the electorate in a statewide referendum voted to amend the state constitution to allow for a state-operated Lottery. In 1987, legislators authorized the creation of the South Dakota Lottery, its commission and the sale of instant tickets.


Match Three
Match 3, The First Scratch Ticket


On Sept. 30, 1987, six months after the legislation was signed into law, the Lottery sold its first instant ticket. The Lottery repaid its $1.5 million start-up loan plus interest to the state in three months.

For the next two years, Video Lottery was studied intensely by legislative and private groups. In 1988, legislation was introduced to authorize Video Lottery, but the bill fell one vote short of the required two-thirds majority in the State Senate. In 1989, similar Video Lottery legislation was introduced on behalf of the Lottery Commission and this time passed.

Video Lottery

On Oct. 16, 1989, South Dakota pioneered the first state Video Lottery in the nation. In 1992, Video Lottery appeared on the general election ballot as an initiated measure for repeal. South Dakotans voted by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin to keep Video Lottery. Shortly after the election, a lawsuit was filed questioning the constitutionality of Video Lottery. The lawsuit eventually made its way to the State Supreme Court, where on June 22, 1994, justices declared Video Lottery unconstitutional. In a special legislative session in July 1994, lawmakers passed a resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the general election ballot to reauthorize Video Lottery. A court order to shut down Video Lottery was handed down on Aug. 12, 1994. South Dakotans voted by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin to reauthorize Video Lottery. On Nov. 22, 1994, Video Lottery was restarted. On Nov. 7, 2000, voters defeated a measure to outlaw Video Lottery by a 54 to 46 margin. Voters rejected the repeal of Video Lottery a fourth time in Nov. of 2006 by defeating an initiated measure by a 67 to 33 percent margin.

Lotto America

The South Dakota Lottery's third product line -- Lotto -- was authorized by legislators in 1990. Soon afterward, the South Dakota Lottery joined the Multi-State Lottery Association to offer Lotto*America. In November 1990, the first Lotto*America ticket was sold. The multi-million dollar game was replaced by Powerball in April 1992.


Watertown 34
The Watertown 34,
South Dakota's First Powerball Jackpot Winner


In April 1993, Dakota Cash became South Dakota's very own cash Lotto game.

The South Dakota Lottery joined with Montana and Idaho in February 1994 to offer Tri-West Lotto. Tri-West was changed to Wild Card in February 1998 and revised as Wild Card 2 in May 1999.

Daily Millions was added to the Lotto line-up in September 1996. It was replaced with Cash 4 Life in March 1998, Rolldown in September 2000, and Hot Lotto in April 2002.

The South Dakota Lottery began offering Mega Millions in May 2010.

The Lottery is a totally self-funded agency. No tax dollars are used for its operation.


  • November 4, 1986: Voters approve constitutional amendment to allow a state lottery.
  • April 2, 1987: Bill authorizing creation of the Lottery signed into law.
  • September 30, 1987: First scratch ticket sold (Match 3).
  • December 21, 1987: Lottery repays $1.5 million startup loan, plus interest, six months early.
  • March 1, 1989: Bill authorizing Video Lottery signed into law.
  • October 16, 1989: Video Lottery begins.
  • February 28, 1990: Bill authorizing Lotto games signed into law.
  • November 15, 1990: First Lotto ticket sold (Lotto*America).
  • April 19, 1992: Powerball begins.
  • November 3, 1992: Voters reject measure to repeal Video Lottery.
  • April 12, 1993: Dakota Cash Lotto game begins.
  • August 13, 1993: Nickel Video Lottery games added.
  • March 21, 1994: First $2 scratch ticket introduced.
  • June 22, 1994: Supreme Court rules Video Lottery is unconstitutional.
  • August 13, 1994: Video Lottery machines shut down pursuant to court order.
  • November 8, 1994: Voters approve constitutional amendment to authorize Video Lottery.
  • November 22, 1994: Video Lottery restarted.
  • February 1, 1998: Wild Card Lotto game begins.
  • July 7, 1998: First $3 scratch ticket introduced.
  • April 20, 1999: First $5 scratch ticket introduced.
  • November 7, 2000: Voters reject constitutional amendment to repeal Video Lottery.
  • March 8, 2001: First $10 scratch ticket introduced.
  • April 7, 2002: Hot Lotto game begins.
  • February 1, 2003: First Powerball jackpot won in SD (The Watertown 34).
  • November 7, 2006: Voters reject initiated measure to repeal Video Lottery.
  • July 23, 2007: First $20 scratch ticket introduced.
  • September 30, 2007: First Dakota Raffle game goes on sale.
  • December 31, 2007: First Dakota Raffle drawing held.
  • May 16, 2010: Mega Millions game begins.
  • January 15, 2012: Enhanced Powerball game begins.
  • January 13, 2013: Wild Card 2 increases its starting jackpot from $100,000 to $200,000.
  • May 15, 2013: Hot Lotto jackpot becomes a lump sum cash payment with all initial withholding taxes paid.
  • October 22, 2013: Enhanced Mega Millions game begins.
  • January 22, 2014: Powerball Power Play random multiplier option returned to game.
  • October 19, 2014: MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club lotto game begins.
  • December 26, 2014: Sales of the MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club lotto game were suspended.
  • October 4, 2015: Powerball Power Play 10x multiplier added when jackpots are $150 million or less, third prize increased from $10,000 to $50,000.
  • February 16, 2016: New logo and "It's all good fun" brand campaign launched.
  • February 24, 2016: Wild Card 2 game ended.