With additions such as online games, the Pennsylvania Lottery is having a record year for both sales and profits.
Drew Svitko, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said he sold more than $ 4.5 billion in games for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It also generated a record profit of over $ 1.14 billion, which goes to programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians.
Svitko said it was the eighth consecutive year that the lottery had made more than $ 1 billion in profits.
More than $ 2.9 billion in prizes were handed out to the winners, which Svitko said was also a record.
New lottery offers helped sales.
Svitko said lottery modernization efforts, including PA iLottery and its monitor 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 Act 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 fiscal year.
Watch games such as Keno and Xpress Sports games, 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 raffle games have also worked well.
Svitko reported that Scratch-Off game sales totaled a record over $ 2.9 billion, up $ 165.5 million, or 5.9%, from the previous year. Scratch games represent over 66% of total sales.
Svitko said sales of drawing games such as Cash 5, Match 6 and Powerball totaled nearly $ 1.4 billion for the year, up $ 109.4 million, or 8.7%, compared to the total for the previous year.
There were over 9,700 licensed lottery retailers statewide during the fiscal year, many of which were small family businesses.
They earned approximately $ 266 million in sales commissions, an increase of over $ 41.8 million from the previous fiscal year, 2017-18.