The Jersey Lottery was established in 1966 before Guernsey Lottery in 1971. The two companies merged in 1975 to become the Channel Islands lottery.
The game is the oldest lottery in the British Isles, beating Ireland 1987 and the UK 1994.
Jersey’s share of the profits from the lottery was initially used to finance the transformation of Fort Regent into a sports and entertainment complex. On the completion of that project, the States of Jersey agreed that the Jersey part of the profits from the Channel Islands Lottery should be applied to charitable purposes, through the Association of Jersey Charities. Likewise, Guernsey utilised lottery revenues to build Beau Sejour Leisure Centre and now distributes profits towards charity and good causes within the Bailiwick.
During the 80s the Lottery had its own supercomputer to carry out the monthly draw based game. This hugely popular character, Super Fred, retired in the early 90s.
The lottery evolved from a traditional draw based paper game with draws held every two weeks. Thousands of winning numbers were drawn electronically by ‘Super Fred’. The top prize by the 90s was £40,000 and during bumper draws such as Christmas, reached £190,000.
This game evolved to a more complex structure after Fred’s retirement comprising a two-part ticket, which on the top portion awarded instant prizes concealed behind a silver latex panel containing six prize values. The player had to match three identical values to win that amount. Approximately 281 prizes, totalling £550, were spread over every 2000 tickets and were valued at between £1 and £50.