Though the state of Vermont is known for its liberal policies on most social issues, the Green Mountain State has taken a rather conservative approach to gambling. With almost all forms of gambling currently prohibited in the state, including casinos and poker, VT sports betting was launched in January of 2024 to keep up with neighboring states supporting the industry.
The Vermont Lottery, however, has long been a staple of gambling in Vermont, with all proceeds going to the State’s Education Fund. With a history dating back to the late 1970s, let’s dive into the details when it comes to the Vermont Lottery.
The Vermont Lottery explained
Headquartered in Berlin, VT, the Vermont Lottery is run by the Vermont Lottery Commission. In what is known as the Tri-State Lottery, Vermont is joined by New Hampshire and Maine in what was the first formed multi-jurisdictional lottery agreement beginning in 1985.
Starting with Tri-State Megabucks, the Tri-State Lottery has evolved to now include Megabucks, Pick 3 and Pick 4, Gimme 5, and Fast Play; combined which cover seven days a week of action. While the terminal-generated lottery is spread across the three states, each of them has its own scratch-off games.
Can you play the Vermont Lottery online?
No, you can not currently play the Vermont Lottery online, and there is no active legislation in the Vermont House or Senate to change that. You can only play the Vermont Lottery at participating brick-and-mortar locations, which include but are not limited to gas stations, liquor stores, general stores, and more.
After you purchase your Vermont Lottery ticket from one of the more than 600 different participating retailers, you can head online to www.VTLottery.com to check your tickets for winning numbers each night.
History of the Vermont Lottery
After a 1976 referendum in the Vermont legislature, the Vermont Lottery began operations as a state enterprise fund in 1977. With the final step being Public Act No. 82 by the Vermont General Assembly, the first game was rolled out in February 1978 with weekly drawings. By June of that same year, scratch-off tickets debuted as the Vermont Lottery’s first instant game.
In 1985, Vermont partnered with neighboring Maine and New Hampshire to form the Tri-State Lottery, which only grew the popularity of the Vermont Lottery. In terms of Vermont-specific games, Pick 3 and Pick 4 were the dominant games of the 1980s, but by the 1990s a plethora of new games were added to the mix.
In 2003, the Powerball made its way to the Green Mountain State, as residents were finally able to participate in the biggest lottery game in the country. In 2010, the most popular lottery game in the United States debuted in Vermont, Mega Millions, which to this day produces some of the biggest jackpots of all time.
Claiming Vermont Lottery winnings
Have you just won a Vermont Lottery ticket? We have you covered below on how to claim Vermont Lottery winnings. Do note you have 365 days from the date of drawing (or the announced end of the game date for instant games) to claim.