The first lottery ticket sales on September 28th will be scratch-offs. There will be four options, one for $1, two for $2, and one for $5.
Arkansans can buy Powerball tickets starting on Halloween (October 31), when draw games begin.
At its meeting this afternoon in Little Rock, the lottery commission also announced it has selected the Bank of the Ozarks to handle its bank account.
The commission also talked about how to address problem gambling. That's a requirement for the lottery to appropriate funds. What surprised some staff members is the state did not already have a gambling addiction program in place especially since there are two race tracks in the state.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue talked about what was in place in South Carolina before the lottery there. "There was an agency called Department of Alcohol and Other Abuse Services and we had video poker in South Carolina before lottery, so they were quite active. After the lottery was launched they got an appropriation of at least a million dollars," he recalled.
For now the lottery will use a national hotline until the Department of Human Services can establish a program.
Passailaigue says the South Carolina program would get about 25 to 30 calls a month for gambling addictions related to lottery tickets.