Oregon State Lottery

Present Duties

State Lottery Building
The State Lottery Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Lottery. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20090126-0152​)
Oregonians created the Oregon Lottery in 1984. The lottery’s mission, is to “Operate a lottery with the highest standards of security and integrity to earn maximum profits for the people of Oregon commensurate with the public good.” Oregon’s lottery is both a public trust and a market-driven business, with about 500 employees.

ORS 461.500 provides that at least 84% of total annual revenues be returned to the public, with at least 50% being returned as prizes and the remainder used for designated public purposes. The remaining 16% of annual revenues are available for the payment of administrative expenses. Lottery administrative expenses are currently at just under 4% of revenue, which makes the agency entirely self-funded.

The Oregon Lottery is the second largest revenue producer for the state, following income tax revenues. Lottery dollars help support public education, economic development, state parks and watershed enhancement, as well as veterans’ affairs and Outdoor School. The Oregon Lottery funds problem gambling treatment and awareness. Over the years, Lottery players have been paid over $46 billion in prizes.​
Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 12649, Salem 97309
Physical Address: ​ 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, OR 97301​
Telephone: 503-540-1000; TTY: 503-540-1068
Fax: 503-540-1168
Contact: Michael Wells, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Lottery​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 461

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications​​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency