Maine State Lottery, Referendum Question No. 1 (1973)

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The Maine State Lottery Referendum, also known as Referendum Question No. 1, was on the November 6, 1973 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved.[1] The measure established a State Lottery. This included creating a State Lottery Commission with five members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Council. No more than three of the five members could be members of the same political party, and their terms would be for five years. The commissioners would not have a salary, but would receive a compensation of $5,000 per year for the chairman and $3,500 for the other commissioners. The measure also created an office of Director of State Lotteries, also appointed by the Governor to serve conterminous with the Governor. Fifty-five percent of the ticket sales could be appropriated to the general fund.[2] [3]

Election results

Maine Referendum Question No. 1 (1973)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 154,911 63.14%
No90,43336.86%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 1

"Shall 'An Act Providing for a State Lottery' become law?" [4]

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