North Dakota Multi-State Lottery, Initiated Constitutional Measure 2 (2002)

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The North Dakota Multi-State Lottery Initiative, also known as Initiated Constitutional Measure 2, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure directed the Legislative Assembly to authorize the state to join a multi-state lottery for the benefit of the state.[2]

Election results

North Dakota Measure (2002)
Approveda Yes 146,852 63.47%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of General Election, 2002

Text of measure

See also: North Dakota Constitution, Article XI, Section 25

Ballot title

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]


Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 2 would amend Article XI, Section 25 of the North Dakota Constitution by directing the legislative assembly to authorize the state to join a multi-state lottery for the benefit of the state.

_____ A “YES” vote means you approve the measure as summarized above.

_____ A “NO” vote means you reject the measure as summarized above. [4]

Constitutional changes

The measure amended Section 25 of Article XI of the North Dakota Constitution to read as follows with the underlined text being added:[2]

Section 25. The legislative assembly shall not authorize any game of chance, lottery, or gift enterprises, under any pretense, or for any purpose whatever. However, the legislative assembly shall authorize the State of North Dakota to join a multi-state lottery for the benefit of the State of North Dakota, and, the legislative assembly may authorize by law bona fide nonprofit veterans’, charitable, educational, religious, or fraternal organizations, civic and service clubs, or such other public-spirited organizations as it may recognize, to conduct games of chance when the entire net proceeds of such games of chance are to be devoted to educational, charitable, patriotic, fraternal, religious, or other public-spirited uses.

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