October 20

Powerball launches; Governor Johnson buys first ticket.

August 1

In its first distribution of net profits, the Lottery returns $6.2 million to the State.

July 11

Lottery repays in full $2.8 million in Lottery Revenue Bonds.

June 30

Lottery ends Fiscal Year 1996 (partial year) with gross sales of $28.5 million and profit of $6.3 million.

April 27

Lottery launch day; Scratcher sales begin. Proceeds split 60% Public School Capital Outlay Fund and 40% Lottery Tuition Fund.

April 8

The first Scratcher tickets – all 7.2 million – arrive at Lottery headquarters.