The Delaware Lottery started on May 31, 1974 and is now in its 47th year of operation. The first lottery tickets went on sale in 1975 for the first lottery game, the weekly Lotto Superfecta, based on live horse races at two of the state’s racetracks.
The DE Lottery launched instant games in 1976 with Diamond Instant Dollars. The state installed a computerized gaming system in 1977, and the first game, Daily Numbers, began in January 1978. Play 3, was joined by Play 4 two years later. Delaware Lotto, the state’s first jackpot game, launched in April 1983. Lotto*America was added in 1991. The Delaware Lotte introduced the Video Lottery system in 1995. Hot Lotto tickets went on sale in 2008. Table Games were introduced in 2010. In 2013, Delaware launched iGaming, a system that allowed casino games to be played online.
The Delaware Lottery offers a wide variety of instant games; it also operates Video Lottery games and Table Games at the three racetrack casinos: Delaware Park, Bally’s Dover, and Harrington Raceway & Casino. Additionally, Sports Lottery and KENO® is offered at the three racetrack casinos and select Sports Lottery and Keno Retailers throughout the state of Delaware.
In 2021, revenue was $770.65 million, which is an increase from 2020 and 2019. In fiscal year 2019 the state of Delaware had revenues of $787.71 million and $641.99 million in fiscal year 2020 as the pandemic began to change things.
· In Delaware, 615 retailers generated $233,791,643 in gross sales.
· This economic activity generated $218,072,989 in transfers to beneficiaries.
· $138,263,000 was awarded to players in prizes.
Delaware Lottery withholds a percentage of certain prizes as federal tax.
Here are the taxes withheld from lottery winnings for U.S. citizens or residents within the state of Delaware.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||0%|
If the winner is not a U.S. citizen or resident, the Delaware Lottery withholds the following amounts.
|Over $5,000||State Tax||0%|
Delaware offers the following ticket games Powerball, Lotto America, Play 3, Play 4, Multi Win Lotto, Mega Millions, Lucky 4 Life and Keno.
Yes. Delaware is one of only a handful of states with laws that allow winners to remain anonymous, which can protect your privacy and provide more security.
If you misplace your winning lottery ticket or the ticket gets stolen, The Delaware State Lottery office shall not be responsible for lost, stolen, or mutilated tickets. If you are a winner, it’s your responsibility to keep your winning lottery ticket in a safe place after your sign it.
If you are a lucky winner, the first thing you need to do is sign the back of your ticket to prevent anyone else from claiming your price. You can claim it at any Delaware Lottery Retailer, at a Delaware Lottery Redemption Center or at the Delaware Lottery Office.
Unfortunately, you cannot purchase DE lottery tickets by mail, online or by phone. Delaware Laws prohibits the Lottery from selling any Lottery products via the Internet, phone or by mail and only at authorized retail outlets.
You must be 18 years old to play Delaware Lottery games, and 21 years old to play Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games.
30% of the Delaware Lottery proceeds go to the State General Fund. Since 1975, $5.8 billion has been transferred to the General Fund. In fiscal year 2021, the Lottery's contribution was $215.7 million.
The General Fund is the pool of dollars that finances most state services in Delaware, including:
· Public and higher education
· Public safety
· Judicial and corrections
· Child, youth, and family services
\ · Natural resources and environmental control and health and social services
5% goes to administrative expenses, 10% to retailer commissions and 50 % goes to prizes.
Please bring a photo I.D. (with name and address) and your Social Security card with you.
You have one year from the date of the drawing to collect an unclaimed ticket. For unclaimed prizes, visit https://www.delottery.com/Claim-Prizes/Unclaimed-Prizes
Yes, all winning tickets are subject to state and federal income taxes. In the state of Delaware any prize over $5,000, is subject to withholdings of 24% for federal taxes. Fortunately, you will not have to pay any state taxes in Delaware.
Yes, you can purchase tickets in advance for consecutive draws.
From the date of the draw, you have 365 days to claim your prize.
Yes, the players club is a free way to stay up to date on the hottest games, get the latest news and more — by e-mail visit https://www.delottery.com/Players-Club
The Delaware Lottery has over 600 licensed retailers throughout Delaware state.
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