Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations
Director Gregory R. Mineo
The Bureau oversees the liquor and lottery operations for the State. The bureau has three divisions:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Lottery Operations
- Licensing and Enforcement
Alcoholic Beverages: Maine is one of 18 jurisdictions that regulate beverage alcohol within its borders. By controlling this product, the State is the only entity that may bring liquor into the state. The Bureau's mission is to effectively regulate the beverage alcohol industry to ensure responsible business practices and create a favorable economic climate while prohibiting sales to minors. The listing and pricing of distilled spirits are determined by the Bureau, with the assistance of the State Liquor and Lottery Commission.
Lottery Operations: The Maine State Lottery was established in 1974 by Maine voters in a statewide referendum and brings in approximately $50 million to the General Fund every year. The lottery is responsible for the complete distribution and sales of Tri-State Megabucks, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life, Tri-State Gimme 5, Tri-State Pick 3 and Pick 4 and an extensive array of instant lottery tickets. Each year, millions of dollars are returned to players in prize money and local businesses of all sizes receive millions of dollars in commissions and bonuses for selling lottery products.
Licensing and Enforcement: The Division is an 11 member unit, including five field inspectors, two excise tax positions, two licensing clerks and one administrative clerk. The field inspectors are charged with supervising a territory of licensees, providing guidance, education and enforcement of the law, as well as reviewing all applications filed with the Bureau. The Malt & Wine department processes and audits excise receipts, and registers product labels. The Licensing clerks are responsible for processing over 7,500 liquor applications, receive walk-in customers, direct incoming phone calls, and issue license documents. The Division collects in excess of $20 million in excise taxes annually.