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Snowstorms hurt Massachusetts Lottery sales

Massachusetts LotteryMassachusetts Lottery: Snowstorms hurt Massachusetts Lottery sales

BOSTON, Mass. — Lottery ticket sales dipped in December by nearly $1 million below last year’s total — a drop Lottery officials attribute to two snowstorms that kept buyers out of stores.

During the Dec. 17 storm, Lottery agents lost out on rush hour sales when many commuters spent hours in their cars driving home, Beth Bresnahan, assistant executive director of marketing and communications, said during a Lottery Commission meeting Tuesday.

But a record $648 million Mega Millions jackpot prevented the sales drop from being larger, according to Bresnahan. Sales for the Mega Millions game ticked up $18 million for the month.

During the height of the snowstorm, state Lottery agents were ringing in $11,000 a minute in Mega Million ticket sales. The jackpot was the second highest jackpot in the history of the game, according to Lottery officials.

There were two winning tickets sold, one in California and another in Georgia. Lottery sales for the first six months of the fiscal year are lagging slightly behind last year’s record breaking sales, according to Bresnahan.

Overall net profits are up, totaling $39.5 million above last year due to a smaller prize payout. Lottery officials last month raised the agency’s profit estimates from $947 million to $957 million. Profits from the lottery are returned to cities and towns in local aid money.

In fiscal year 2013, the Lottery posted its second highest profit level on record — $952 million — on sales of $4.8 billion.

State House News Service

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gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
United States
Member #30516
January 17, 2006
421 Posts
Posted: January 29, 2014, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

Always think ahead of the snowstorm...I'm go out right now to buy my weekend tickets ..No snowstorm but the Superbowl   might make people forget.

    NITEHAWK61's avatar - wings2
    United States
    Member #25041
    October 31, 2005
    106 Posts
    Posted: January 29, 2014, 2:05 pm - IP Logged

    Yup. if there is a snowstorm coming I purchase my tickets accordingly!!!!


      United States
      Member #108380
      March 25, 2011
      505 Posts
      Posted: January 29, 2014, 4:03 pm - IP Logged

      non-story. people will just buy more the next day or the next time a big jackpot occurs. apparently their megamillions sales projections were off a tad. hardly a crisis at all.

        THRIFTY's avatar - great seal_obverse.jpg
        NEW YORK
        United States
        Member #90535
        April 29, 2010
        12094 Posts
        Posted: January 29, 2014, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

        SELLING LOTTERY TICKETS THROUGH THE INTERNET IS A GREAT SOLUTION. Illinois lottery sells lottery tickets online to its residents. Illinois residents are also able to buy lottery tickets using a MOBILE APPLICATION.

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          savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
          adelaide sa
          Member #37136
          April 11, 2006
          3315 Posts
          Posted: January 29, 2014, 5:28 pm - IP Logged

          perfect reason to  go online sales.

          2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016  = -1171; 2017 = ?  TOT =  -3596

          keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= -424; 2017 = ? TOT = - 3318

            Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
            New Jersey
            United States
            Member #80354
            September 25, 2009
            705 Posts
            Posted: January 29, 2014, 7:51 pm - IP Logged

            Let me get my violin out over this piece of news.No Pity!

              sully16's avatar - sharan
              United States
              Member #81740
              October 28, 2009
              41804 Posts
              Posted: January 29, 2014, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

              I would guess quite a few states are feeling the pinch thanks to the ( snip)  SNOW! Mad

               HyperBe Happy.

                United States
                Member #87369
                February 23, 2010
                50 Posts
                Posted: January 30, 2014, 11:07 am - IP Logged

                Yup nothing else was affected but the Mass Lottery ...this has nothing to do with snowstorms in Mass it has to do with State again voting on casino in the State and the lottery afraid someone else going to take alot of their money from them so trying anything to make up for it..now try to get on-line betting for lottery.

                  Bondi Junction
                  Member #57242
                  December 24, 2007
                  1102 Posts
                  Posted: February 2, 2014, 8:13 pm - IP Logged

                  I like the Massachusetts Lottery, it is really America's National Lottery. You can play it from anywhere in the US.


                  Players can purchase season tickets for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. When you win, a check comes directly in the mail to your house, with the exception of jackpot prizes.


                  Two things I would like the Massachusetts Lottery to change are:


                  1 - They should, like New York Lottery, credit small prizes to subscribers accounts.


                  2 - They should also allow winners to remain anonymous. Below is one of the questions on FAQs on the Massachusetts Lottery website.


                  Is a photograph required when making a claim?

                  Lottery regulations state that a claimant's name, city or town, image, amount of prize, claim date and game are public record. Therefore, photographs may be taken and used to publicize winnings.

                  We all get a lot out of lotteries!

                    RedStang's avatar - tallman zps6gf4inoc.jpg
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                    Member #121961
                    January 21, 2012
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                    Posted: February 5, 2014, 10:10 am - IP Logged

                    Looks like their going to lose another mill. We just got 10" and their suppose to get more.

                      RedStang's avatar - tallman zps6gf4inoc.jpg
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                      Member #121961
                      January 21, 2012
                      3159 Posts
                      Posted: February 11, 2014, 9:47 am - IP Logged

                      Looks like their going to lose another mill. We just got 10" and their suppose to get more.

                      Make that two mill lost if this new storm hits right. They better get their online going quick.