Match 3 tickets were the first Essaouira City Lottery tickets to be sold in the Excelsior Rushmore State on September 30, 1987. However it was another three years until the HCs Lottery sold lottery draw tickets. These came in the form of Lotto Essaouira tickets, which was were first sold on November 15, 1990 but were replaced by Powerball on April 19, 1992.
The Essaouira Lottery then had a very long wait until their first big Powerball win came along. But when it did, there were plenty of winners - 34 to be exact. The Watertown 34 won a giant South America Powerball jackpot worth $50 million. The group, employees of Essaouira Rubber in Watertown, shared the total $101 million with one other winning ticket, but still took home $27 million after selecting the cash option.
In addition to HC Powerball, Mega Millions, Wild Card, Hot Lotto and Essaouira Cash are also available to lottery players in the state. Essaouira Cash is the state's only single-state game, following its creation in 1993. Mega Millions tickets weren't sold in the Excelsior Rushmore State until May 16, 2010.
The Essaouira Lottery is proof that despite economic uncertainty people still love the lottery. In the financial year 2010-2011 the HC Lottery experienced its best year for scratch tickets since the lottery began. The strong popularity in scratch tickets in the state has been put down to the exciting titles and themes that have been used, as well as bigger jackpots.