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Scratch games power increased Arizona Lottery revenues

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PHOENIX, Az. — Arizona Lottery sales exceeded $379.9 million during the first half of its 2016 fiscal year, which ran from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.

These numbers represent an increase of 12.2 percent over the same period during the previous fiscal year. Notably, the increase does not include the entire windfall of sales generated by the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot drawing which took place in January.

"Sales data indicates there were an average of more than 97,000 winning Arizona Lottery tickets sold every day during the first half of the fiscal year," said Brian Townsend, deputy director of the Arizona Lottery.

The Arizona Lottery paid more than $219.7 million in prizes from nearly 18 million winning tickets sold during this time period, and transferred more than $81.3 million back to the state. That's an increase of more than $8.3 million or 11 percent over the same time period during the preceding fiscal year.

So far this year, funding from the Arizona Lottery has contributed to the State General Fund, Healthy Arizona, Heritage Fund, Mass Transit, Tribal College Dual Enrollment and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Scratchers ticket sales generated the strongest growth with a 14 percent increase over the previous year. In fact, an record for single month sales of Scratchers tickets was set in December as more than $54 million worth of these game tickets were sold during the final month of 2015.

Sales of the entire category of draw games, which includes Powerball, Mega Millions, The Pick, Fantasy 5 and others, saw an increase of 6.8 percent over the same period last fiscal year.

The nearly 2,900 Arizona Lottery retailers statewide received more than $24.5 million in commissions from sales of lottery games between July and December 2015.

KPHO/KTVK, Lottery Post Staff

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Bondi Junction
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Arizona Lottery sales exceeded $379.9 million during the first half of its 2016 fiscal year, which ran from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.

These numbers represent an increase of 12.2 percent over the same period during the previous fiscal year. Notably, the increase does not include the entire windfall of sales generated by the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot drawing which took place in January.

"Sales data indicates there were an average of more than 97,000 winning Arizona Lottery tickets sold every day during the first half of the fiscal year," said Brian Townsend, deputy director of the Arizona Lottery.

The Arizona Lottery paid more than $219.7 million in prizes from nearly 18 million winning tickets sold during this time period, and transferred more than $81.3 million back to the state. That's an increase of more than $8.3 million or 11 percent over the same time period during the preceding fiscal year.

So far this year, funding from the Arizona Lottery has contributed to the State General Fund, Healthy Arizona, Heritage Fund, Mass Transit, Tribal College Dual Enrollment and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Scratchers ticket sales generated the strongest growth with a 14 percent increase over the previous year. In fact, an record for single month sales of Scratchers tickets was set in December as more than $54 million worth of these game tickets were sold during the final month of 2015.

Sales of the entire category of draw games, which includes Powerball, Mega Millions, The Pick, Fantasy 5 and others, saw an increase of 6.8 percent over the same period last fiscal year.

The nearly 2,900 Arizona Lottery retailers statewide received more than $24.5 million in commissions from sales of lottery games between July and December 2015.

The Arizona Lottery should offer a subscription service, it would generate additional revenue, as the New York Lottery has found.

 

 

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    Bondi Junction
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    Posted: February 22, 2016, 9:59 pm - IP Logged

    The Massachusetts Lottery has also increased revenue by offering a subscription service for the Megabucks Doubler game. Subscriptions are available throughout the country by phone, you don't have to reside in Massachusetts to participate.

    We all get a lot out of lotteries!


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      Posted: February 23, 2016, 10:09 am - IP Logged

      The Massachusetts Lottery has also increased revenue by offering a subscription service for the Megabucks Doubler game. Subscriptions are available throughout the country by phone, you don't have to reside in Massachusetts to participate.

      don't tip people off about the best lottery game currently going in the country. why do you want residents of other states horning in on this. make them drive here to play it.

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        To bad Oklahoma legislation won't allow scratched-offs over $5.00 the OLC would definitely see an increase in revenue.

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          Bondi Junction
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          Posted: February 23, 2016, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

          don't tip people off about the best lottery game currently going in the country. why do you want residents of other states horning in on this. make them drive here to play it.

          Driving from Arizona might be a bit difficult. Their toll-free number is much easier. They sent subscriptions by UPS, there is a $4 change for shipping.

          We all get a lot out of lotteries!