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October 26, 2020


The Delaware Lottery Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Dover, DE — October 30, 2020 marks the start of the Delaware Lottery’s 45th year of operations. When states began forming government-regulated lotteries in the 1960s and 1970s, Delaware was quick to adopt a lottery of their own—beginning a winning tradition that has kept pace with changing games and technology since 1975. To kick-off their year-long celebration, the Delaware Lottery will be featuring new games, events and promotions in honor of the occasion.

“We’re excited to celebrate this milestone with our players,” said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery. “Since 1975, we’ve supported state services that help Delaware thrive, and to date, the Delaware Lottery has generated over $5.6 billion in revenue for the State General Fund. That legacy—one that anyone who’s played the Delaware Lottery is a part of—is worth celebrating.”

Through its contributions to the State General Fund, the Delaware Lottery generates income for public services like education, health and social services, public safety and child, youth and family services. In fiscal year 2020, the Lottery's contribution was $177.4 million, making it the state's fifth largest revenue generator.

Since day one, Director Vernon Kirk, as well as a select few retailers, have been faithful stewards of the Delaware Lottery. Before his appointment to Director in 2011, Vernon Kirk has served in a variety of operational, administrative and financial management capacities with the Delaware Lottery since 1975. And while the total number of Delaware Lottery retailers has grown to over 600 locations, the Delaware Lottery would like to recognize the following five retailers for their continued partnership over the past 45 years:

James & Jesse’s Barber in Wilmington

  • Steve’s Tavern in Wilmington
  • Manor Pharmacy in New Castle
  • Naaman’s Beverage Mart in Claymont
  • Bayville Package Store in Selbyville

This October, in honor of the anniversary celebrations, the Delaware Lottery announced the introduction of a new family of Instant Games: CELEBRATING 45 YEARS. The four limited edition Instant Game tickets are now available for purchase at your local Delaware retailer, with the following price points and top prizes:

  • $1 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS with a top prize of $1,000
  • $2 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS with a top prize of $5,000
  • $5 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS with a top prize of $15,000
  • $10 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS with a top prize of $45,000
Starting this month, all non-winning CELEBRATING 45 YEARS Instant Game tickets will also be eligible for second chance drawings with Collect ‘N Win, the Delaware Lottery’s loyalty and rewards program that launched in 2019.

Additionally, the Delaware Lottery is continuing its Facebook LIVE event series with two special 45th Anniversary events in October — featuring more chances to play and win, all from the comfort of your own home. The Delaware Lottery was honored to have Governor John Carney as their special guest for the October 9th Facebook LIVE event. The upcoming October 30th event will feature increased Prize Wheel and Prize Punch winners, exclusive anniversary prizes and a special appearance from our Director, Vernon Kirk. To register for the next Delaware Lottery Facebook LIVE event, visit

And remember to keep an eye out for more 45th Anniversary festivities to come, as the Delaware Lottery continues to celebrate throughout the year.

About the Delaware Lottery:
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed $5.6 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, LOTTO AMERICA®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno®, Sports Lottery and Instant Games, iGaming, Video Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery’s office in Dover.

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