The Hoosier Lottery is the official state lottery of Indiana and is the only state lottery that uses a state nickname - in this case, Indiana's nickname, "Hoosier state"- in its official name.
In 1988, Indiana state voters approved a constitutional amendment by 62%, lifting a previous lottery ban on the state. Indiana legislators authorized the IN Lottery in May, 1989 with the first scratch-off game, Hoosier Millionaire, which went on sale in October of 1989.
Every year since 1989, the IN Lottery has supported local firefighter and police pensions, the Teacher Retirement Fund, and the Build Indiana Fund. At the end of Fiscal Year 2017, the IN Lottery returned $1.7 billion to the state and prize payments to IN Lottery winners totalled more than $1.3 billion.