On November 4, 2008, Arkansas voters approved a ballot question legalizing the sale of lottery tickets there. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act establishes a Commission to oversee the operation of the Lottery in Arkansas (see Arkansas Lottery Commission below). On July 1, 2009, Arkansas voted to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); it was the 33rd lottery to join.
Ticket buyers must be at least 18, which is the usual minimum age for US lotteries, but lower than in neighboring Louisiana. Video lottery is prohibited. Arkansas started selling scratch off tickets on September 28, 2009. Powerball tickets went on sale on October 31, 2009. Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Arkansas on January 31, 2010.
Arkansas conducts its in-house draw games using a random number generator (RNG); it is believed to be the first US lottery to begin with computerized drawings. Balls and drawing machines are not used by the Lottery, although this "classic" drawing method is used in Arkansas' multi-jurisdictional games (Lucky for Life, Mega Millions, and Powerball.)
Subchapter 2 of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act establishes the creation of the Arkansas Lottery Commission. The subchapter establishes the Commission or Lottery as a self-supporting and revenue-raising agency of the state. The commission has 9 members by law, of whom three are appointed by the Governor, three are appointed by the Speaker of the state House of Representatives, and three are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the state Senate. After the initial appointment of commissioners, the normal term of each commissioner is six years. Commissioners may not serve more than two terms of six years and may not be General Assembly members or anyone in their immediate family.