large drop-off is expected of Powerball tickets now being sold to Arkansas residents.
"Why would you drive from Arkansas to Oklahoma to play Powerball?”
It’s estimated the Oklahoma lottery could lose as much as $12 million in sales during the first year Arkansas has its games, he said. That would result in a loss of $3.5 million to $4 million for education. The losses could be higher if Arkansas offers higher prizes than Oklahoma.
Unlike Oklahoma, the Arkansas lottery does not have restrictions on proceeds. Oklahoma lottery trustees unsuccessfully attempted to get bills passed to increase the percentage of lottery revenues that go to prizes. They said removing Oklahoma’s mandate that 35 percent of sales go to education would increase sales and, as a result, mean more money for education.