July 18, 2013 – The Pennsylvania Lottery released a report this morning which showed a 6.3 percent increase in sales this year as compared to last. The Lottery’s net revenue for the year was about $1.06 billion.
Total sales for fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30, were $3.69 billion, breaking last year’s all-time high sales numbers by about $218 million.
The Lottery also released a breakdown of this year’s sales by game type.
Scratch-off games were by far the most popular, accounting for more than 62 percent of all lottery sales this year and bringing in $2.3 billion. That figure is about 8 percent higher than last year.
Pennsylvania’s draw games, which include Powerball, Mega Millions, and seven draw games exclusive to Pennsylvania, sold $1.39 billion over last year, growing by only 3.6 percent over 2011-12 sales.
The Pennsylvania Lottery’s net revenues are “benefiting older Pennsylvanians every day,” through programs that secure low-cost prescription drugs, provide low-cost or free transportation, pay a rebate for property taxes or rental fees, and build and maintain senior centers throughout the state.
While the Lottery is very committed to its goal of helping seniors in Pennsylvania, it is also dedicated to making winners every day.
In fact, while many lotteries pay 50 percent of total sales as prizes, the Pennsylvania Lottery pays 62 percent. This past year, almost $2.3 billion was paid out in prizes.
You can learn more about “where the money goes” with the Pennsylvania Lottery on their website, and you can watch videos on their beneficiary page for more information on the programs the Lottery supports.