July 16, 2013 – The Tennessee Lottery announced Tuesday that it had seen its highest sales numbers in its nine-year history, allowing the Lottery to make record returns to state education programs as well.
Amazingly, the Tennessee Lottery has not had a year in which sales have been lower than the year before. Every single year of their operation has been a record-breaking one.
This year, the lottery reported $1.36 billion in total sales, which allowed them to return $339.7 million to help Tennessee students and their families.
The Lottery was able to release 47 new scratch-off games this year, and added the multi-state game Hot Lotto to their established variety of game choices.
Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery, said the success was due to a “[sharp focus] on our corporate mission.”
“The end result, of course, is generating more dollars to assist Tennessee students and their families, and we’re proud to have played our part,” Hargrove said.
Hargrove has been the head of the Tennessee Lottery for its entire nine year history, before which she was the driving force behind the Florida, Georgia, and Illinois Lotteries after they were created.
Most recently, Hargrove was in the news after being called to Wyoming to offer advice to the newly formed Wyoming Lottery, which is being modeled after the Georgia Lottery, which Hargrove helped to start.