With additions such as online gaming, the Pennsylvania Lottery is reporting a record year for sales and profits.
Drew Svitko, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said it sold more than $4.5 billion worth of games in the 2018-19 fiscal year. It also generated record earnings of more than $1.14 billion, which goes to programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians.
Svitko said it was the eighth year in a row the Lottery had made more than $1 billion in profit.
More than $2.9 billion in prizes have been distributed to winners, which Svitko says is also a record.
New lottery offers contributed to sales.
Svitko said the lottery’s modernization efforts, including PA iLottery and its watch games, Keno and Xpress Sports, generated more than $40 million in profit in their first full fiscal year.
“We are delighted that the exciting new games authorized by Law 42 of 2017 are proving to be a huge success,” he said.
PA iLottery, online games played on a computer, tablet or mobile device, saw more than $381 million in play in its first full fiscal year, generating an estimated profit of $31.3 million.
Over 91,100 players created online accounts during the year.
Watch games such as Keno Games and Xpress Sports, which are displayed in areas such as bars and lottery retailers, grossed around $46.7 million in their first full fiscal year and generated around $10 million. dollars in profits.
Of course, traditional lottery games such as scratch tickets and draw games also worked well.
Svitko reported that Scratch-Off game sales totaled a record more than $2.9 billion, up $165.5 million, or 5.9%, from a year earlier. Scratch games account for over 66% of total sales.
Svitko said sales of draw games such as Cash 5, Match 6 and Powerball totaled nearly $1.4 billion for the fiscal year, up $109.4 million, or 8.7%. compared to the previous year’s total.
There were more than 9,700 licensed lottery retailers statewide during the fiscal year, many of which were small, family-owned businesses.
They earned approximately $266 million in sales commissions, an increase of over $41.8 million from the previous fiscal year, 2017-2018.