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Lotto Licensing Rules and Fees

In 2009, the South Dakota Lottery entered into a new contract with a private vendor to run the Lottery equipment and network. The new contract not only provided better and faster equipment for Lottery retailers, but also provided more equipment, allowing more retailers to be added to the network. Under the contract, the same equipment is utilized for both instant ticket only retailers and instant and lotto ticket retailers. However, the new equipment comes at a higher cost to the Lottery.

In early 2010, the Lottery Commission and the Legislative Rules Review Committee approved new licensing rules and fees to make it easier for retailers to become licensed to sell instant and lotto ticket games, and allow the Lottery to recoup some of the costs incurred from expanding the retailer network.

A printable copy of the rules and fees is available for instant and lotto ticket retailers HERE. For tribal instant ticket only retailers (licensees on Indian Reservations are prohibited from selling the lotto games), pertinent information can be found HERE.


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Video Lottery

What paperwork is needed to move a video lottery terminal from one location to another? What hours is the Lottery's computer operations center open on holidays? Who should you contact if your video lottery establishment is burglarized? For answers to these questions and more, check out the FAQs for Video Lottery Owners and Operators

What are the odds?

The odds of winning playing video lottery vary by type of game being played, the pay table for that game, and, depending upon the type of game, the strategy of the player. For quick and easy reference, download the Video Lottery Game Odds Guide. This listing shows odds by game and manufacturer, as compiled by independent gaming labs. Printed brochures with this information are no longer being made available by the South Dakota Lottery but we encourage you to print your own copies of the one-page guide as needed.

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Burglary Alert: Protecting Your Business

With large amounts of cash on hand and often small staffs working, video lottery casinos can be viewed as easy targets for burglars and robbers. We encourage you to take steps to protect your business, employees and customers. Here are some tips:

  • Conduct a Burglary Self-Assessment Test on your casino. Are all exterior entrances and exits well-lit? Does your camera surveillance system have recording capabilities? Do you have a security alarm system that's monitored by local law enforcement or an alarm company?
  • Instruct your employees to make note of suspicious people in the business or vehicles that are out of place after hours.
  • Have your employees empty video lottery machines and the tills before leaving the casino at night.
  • Implement a plan as to what your employees should do to protect themselves and their customers if confronted by a robber; ensure ALL employees are aware of the plan.

Burglaries and robberies are among the most difficult crimes to solve. If your casino is victimized, after you've contacted local law enforcement, submit a Video Lottery Burglary Report Form to the Lottery. Both Lottery Security and the Division of Criminal Investigation will use the information to track trends and identify weaknesses that burglars exploit for their crimes. Completed Video Lottery Burglary Report Forms can be mailed to South Dakota Lottery, Attn: Lottery Security, P.O. Box 7107, Pierre, SD 57501-7107 or emailed to the general video lottery email address at


Amber Crossley
Amber Crossley
Lucky's Gas N More
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Janet Spreckels
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