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Arkansas Lottery Natural State Jackpot climbs to record $500,000

Jun 17, 2022, 5:13 pm

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Lottery celebrates record high with in-person event, jackpot continues to rise

By Kate Northrop

The Arkansas Lottery Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) has reached an all-time high and continues to climb to new heights, having surpassed half a million dollars after the drawing took place on Thurs., June 16.

There's a record amount of money up for grabs in the Arkansas Natural State Jackpot game, and it only continues to grow now that it has officially whizzed by the $500,000 milestone.

It's an unprecedented record for the Arkansas in-state lottery game. On average, according to the Lottery, the Natural State Jackpot is usually won when it hits levels between $200,000 and $225,000, and the jackpot had previously reached its highest point three years ago at $430,000.

"We are thrilled that NSJ continues to grow, which has increased the excitement over this game, which is exclusive to Arkansas," Lottery Executive Director Eric Hagler said in a press release. "For only $1, Arkansas players have an opportunity to win a half a million dollars in Arkansas' own Natural State Jackpot game. That's never happened before in our state."

To celebrate the historic occasion, the Lottery held an in-person event at the Quick Fuel Mart on Otter Creek Parkway in Little Rock, where Lottery employees and Mike Kennedy of The Point 94.1 radio station enthusiastically welcomed players to join in on the fun. Players who bought a $1 NSJ lottery ticket were able to spin a prize wheel to win various pieces of Lottery merchandise.

Players who particularly enjoy the Natural State Jackpot might recognize the retailer, which is one of the top sellers for the game.

Ashley McNatt, the Marketing & Advertising Director at the Lottery, attended the event yesterday and remarked that it was a big success in bringing local attention to the game and its record milestone.

Normally, McNatt told Lottery Post, the Quick Fuel Mart will sell about a couple hundred dollars' worth of tickets for the game. By the time the event wrapped up at around 7:00 pm, the retailer had recorded about $1,000 in sales.

One thing McNatt noticed was that many people who stopped by to check out the commotion did not in fact play the lottery but expressed interest in learning how.

"We're always looking to engage new players!" McNatt said.

The NSJ game, which had its start in October 2012, offers a starting jackpot of $50,000 with an increase of $5,000 should no one win. After it reaches $150,000, the increase is bumped up to $10,000 until it is won.

Players looking to scoop up the monumental jackpot can purchase a ticket at local lottery retailers. The odds of matching all five numbers to win the NSJ jackpot are 1 in 575,757. Drawings occur every day except Sunday at 8:00 pm CT.

It remains to be seen whether someone will end the rollover streak and finally take home the jackpot, which currently stands at $510,000.

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* Time to un mothball that old 46 Chevy Stack and drive into the neighboring State & pick up $500K.  I am pulling for you.

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    Kentucky
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    * Time to un mothball that old 46 Chevy Stack and drive into the neighboring State & pick up $500K.  I am pulling for you.

    I'll stop and get some KY Fast Play tickets on the way. That jackpot is $863,030!

    "When will we ever learn?"

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      Gallatin Tennesee
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      That's impressive......the store normally sells about $200 worth of State Jackpot tickets. On this day before 7pm they sell $7,OOO worth? That is a great example of what advertising will do for any product. That also is a great example of the lure of half a million bucks. We may drive over and pay you a visit Arkansas, leave the porch light on for us.

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        Simpsonville
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        noise-gate...was that you that won over $7.27 million secondary on Mega Millions last night?  it was on La Brea Ave in LA where the ticket was purchased!

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          I'll stop and get some KY Fast Play tickets on the way. That jackpot is $863,030!

          As you know it bumped up some more. 

           

          Did you see the article that the KLC had record sales?   Due to mainly scratch tickets.  My response on FB:  Paraphrasing myself Yeah, on 13 APR 2020 KLC got rid of mechanical ball drawings on Pick 3/4 as well as Cashball 225...wonder how much revenue was lost there?

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            noise-gate...was that you that won over $7.27 million secondary on Mega Millions last night?  it was on La Brea Ave in LA where the ticket was purchased!

            * No, not me Jeff. I was aiming for the whole schmear & forgot to take notice of that  $7 mil Cool. But seriously, l would have loved to have bagged that 2nd prize. Bigger fish lie ahead- don't give up!

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              * No, not me Jeff. I was aiming for the whole schmear & forgot to take notice of that  $7 mil Cool. But seriously, l would have loved to have bagged that 2nd prize. Bigger fish lie ahead- don't give up!

              In your wee hours of the morning when I saw that thought it might be you.   I won $8 Mega Millions and previous on PB $8 thanks to their multipliers.

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                As you know it bumped up some more. 

                 

                Did you see the article that the KLC had record sales?   Due to mainly scratch tickets.  My response on FB:  Paraphrasing myself Yeah, on 13 APR 2020 KLC got rid of mechanical ball drawings on Pick 3/4 as well as Cashball 225...wonder how much revenue was lost there?

                Scratch-offs usually have the most sales of any other lottery game. Counted five different $30 instant ticket options on the lottery kiosk. 

                As for decreased pick 3/4 and Cashball 225 sales, might compare the 2019 annual financial report to 2021.

                "When will we ever learn?"

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                  Simpsonville
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                  Scratch-offs usually have the most sales of any other lottery game. Counted five different $30 instant ticket options on the lottery kiosk. 

                  As for decreased pick 3/4 and Cashball 225 sales, might compare the 2019 annual financial report to 2021.

                  Fastplay closing in on $871K!

                   

                  Not sure which $20 I play...will pay attention tomorrow if I play.  Jackpot Fortune looks so enticing...jackpot plus $250K.  Even if it rolled down to starting point of $10K that still would be a nice payday altogether.

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                    Being such a small population, it would be nice to see some Arkansan win the big bucks.

                    I don't think it would be fair if some hick from a nearby hick state won it though.

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                      Being such a small population, it would be nice to see some Arkansan win the big bucks.

                      I don't think it would be fair if some hick from a nearby hick state won it though.

                      A nice couple with lots of kids. Party

                      Happy National Macaroni Day Lovies

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                        A nice couple with lots of kids. Party

                        Exactamundo, that would be great, lotsa kids.

                        Ya know Johnny Cash was from Arkansas, they oughta have a Scratchoff called "Cash Cash"

                        Think I'm gonna put a patent on that and sell it to 'em.

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                          Exactamundo, that would be great, lotsa kids.

                          Ya know Johnny Cash was from Arkansas, they oughta have a Scratchoff called "Cash Cash"

                          Think I'm gonna put a patent on that and sell it to 'em.

                          I love it, you could sing a jingle, I hear that cash a coming, it's rolling around the bend, It ain't seen my wallet since I don't know when.... I think I 'll work on that.

                          Happy National Macaroni Day Lovies

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                            I love it, you could sing a jingle, I hear that cash a coming, it's rolling around the bend, It ain't seen my wallet since I don't know when.... I think I 'll work on that.

                            I like that! LOL!

                            I think we need an agent.