On November 4, 2008, Arkansas voters approved a ballot question legalizing the sale of lottery tickets there. On July 1, 2009, Arkansas voted to join the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); it was the 33rd lottery to join.
Ticket buyers must be at least 18, which is the usual minimum age for US lotteries, but lower than in neighboring Louisiana. Video lottery is prohibited. Arkansas started selling scratch off tickets on September 28, 2009. Powerball tickets went on sale on October 31, 2009. Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Arkansas on January 31, 2010.
Arkansas conducts its in-house drawing games using a random number generator (RNG); it is believed to be the first US lottery to start out with computerized drawings. Its only games that are drawn using balls and drawing machines are Powerball (drawings held in Florida) and Mega Millions (Georgia); their multiplier options use RNGs.