Wisconsin Sports Lottery for Athletic Facilities, Amendment 1 (April 1995)

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The Wisconsin Proposed Amendment 1, also known as the Wisconsin Sports Lottery question, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1995 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

If the proposal had been approved, it would have amended Section 24(6) of Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution to permit the state to conduct a lottery, the proceeds of which would have been used to support athletic facilities.

Election results

Wisconsin Sports Lottery
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No618,37763.94%
Yes 348,818 36.06%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1995-1996

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Wisconsin sports lottery. Shall section 24(6) of article IV of the constitution be amended to permit the state to operate lottery games that have their proceeds dedicated to athletic facilities?[1]

Constitutional changes

(Note: Scored material would be added.)
[Article IV] Section 24 (6) (a) The legislature may authorize the creation of a lottery to be operated by the state as provided by law. The expenditure of public funds or of revenues derived from lottery operations to engage in promotional advertising of the Wisconsin state lottery is prohibited. Any advertising of the state lottery shall indicate the odds of a specific lottery ticket to be selected as the winning ticket for each prize amount offered. The net proceeds of the state lottery shall be deposited in the treasury of the state, to be used for property tax relief as provided by law. As part of the lottery authorized under this subsection, the state may operate separate and distinct lottery games denominated the Wisconsin sports lottery, and the proceeds of the Wisconsin sports lottery shall be dedicated to athletic facilities as provided by law.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 49 & JR 27 (1993)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 3& JR 2 (1995)[2]

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