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Wisconsin Lottery Definition Amendment, Question 1 (April 1965)

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The Wisconsin Lottery Definition Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 6, 1965 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

  • This amendment modified Article IV, Section 24 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow Wisconsin citizens to participate in free promotional lotteries.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 454,390 70.04%
No194,32729.96%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1966

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 24 of article IV of the constitution be amended so that Wisconsin citizens can participate. unless the legislature provides otherwise, in any lottery in which the only consideration tendered by the participant consists of listening to or watching a television or radio program, filling out a coupon or entry blank with or without proof of purchase, or visiting a mercantile establishment or other place without being required to make a purchase or pay an admittance fee?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article IV) Section 24. The legislature shall never authorize any lottery, or grant any divorce. Except as the legislature may provide otherwise, to listen to or watch a television or radio program, to fill out a coupon or entry blank, whether or not proof of purchase is required, or to visit a mercantile establishment or other place without being required to make a purchase or pay an admittance fee does not constitute consideration as an element of a lottery.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 42 & JR 35 (1963)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 13 & JR 2 (1965)[2]

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