The New York Lottery was started in 1967 as the third modern U.S. lottery. As part of the New York State Gaming Commission, NY Lottery provides revenue for public education and is based in Schenectady, New York.
On November 8, 1966, New Yorkers voted to approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a government-run lottery. The state referendum passed with over 60% in favor. The profits of the NY Lottery were to be "applied exclusively to, or in aid or support of education." In 1967, the New York Legislature created a Division of the Lottery and a Lottery Commission within the Department of Taxation and Finance. The NY Lottery later became a self-governing unit within the Department of Taxation and Finance. Under the New York State Lottery for Education Law, the director of the Division of the Lottery has complete jurisdiction over the administration of the Lottery.
In 1967, the slogan they created was "Your Chance of a Lifetime to Help Education". Since then, the NY Lottery has generated over $34 billion in aid to education revenue.
The New York Lottery reached an agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball in October 2009 and tickets for both Mega Millions and Powerball began selling on January 31, 2010.
On February 1, 2013, the NY Lottery merged with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to create the New York State Gaming Commission.