May 16, 2013 – According to the Ohio Lottery Commission, scratch-off ticket sales have declined in the past year.
While some lottery retailers say the economy is partly to blame, Lottery Director Dennis Berg believes the opening of four new casinos this year has taken its toll on scratch-off sales.
The sales numbers for scratch-off games are down 4 percent, coming up $56.9 million short of the previous year’s sales.
Last year, lottery officials predicted that casino openings in the state would cause a 5 percent sales dip for scratch-offs.
The first Ohio casino opened in Cleveland in May of last year. Since then, three others have opened in Toledo, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
Despite the slip in sales, the Ohio Lottery will only see a 1 percent loss in revenue from the past year.
Revenue will remain closer to last year’s thanks to $56 million in Mega Millions sales in March 2012 alone, when the draw game’s jackpot reached a record high of $656 million.