The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has been in operation for more than three years, and Phillips County has seen advances and changes related to the Lottery.
First and most important are the Lottery scholarships, which constitute the agency’s only mission. In Phillips County, the scholarships are split into two groups. Foremost are the citizens of Phillips County, who have received 547 scholarships to go to college anywhere in Arkansas. In addition, don’t forget the county’s own Phillips County Community College, where with the campus in Arkansas County, Arkansas students have been awarded a total of 345 scholarships.
But there’s more news about the Lottery that the people of Phillips County deserve to know. The Lottery sells draw tickets like the Arkansas-only Natural State Jackpot and the national Powerball and Mega Millions games, as well as instant tickets like $250,000 Taxes Free, Emerald Riches, Tattoo Doubler, Pac Man, and the amazing Arkansas $2,000,000 Gold Rush ticket. People ask all the time if there are ever any winners. You be the judge: Total lottery prize payments in Phillips County alone have reached $6,793,390. These include prizes as large as $200,000. And when you add the surrounding counties of Arkansas, Desha, Lee, and Monroe, prizes total $33.6 Million. In fact, Arkansas ranks among the top lotteries in the country in instant ticket prize payouts.
Lottery tickets have been good business for the 17 retailers in the county, and without them not a single ticket would be sold and not a single Lottery scholarship awarded. These Phillips County businesses operating in the cities of West Helena, Lexa, Helena, and Marvell have earned about $600,000 since the first ticket was sold in September 2009. Top Phillips County retailers are Y-Camp Truck Stop, Jordan's Kwik Stop 28, Helena Crossing Conoco, and West Acres Conoco in West Helena, and Barton Stop and Shop in Lexa. Total lottery sales in Phillips County have reached $11,495,111 since operation began.
This report from the Arkansas Lottery Commission was presented so that the 21,442 residents of Phillips County will have the information they deserve to see how their Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is affecting their County and area.
For more information: Julie Baldridge, Julie.Baldridge@arkansas.gov; 501-683-1877.