Scratch-off tickets push Florida Lottery to record sales
Floridians with dreams of instant payoffs are generating record scratch for the Florida Lottery.
Lottery revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30 are up $180 million over last year, reaching a record $5.58 billion, with two-thirds of that money via scratch-offs.
The state sold $3.7 billion in scratch-off tickets this year, compared with $3.4 billion in 2013-14. That more than offset a drop of about $120 million in Powerball, Florida Lotto and other games.
Scratch-offs accounted for 6 ...
Jul 3, 2015, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sales director to resign
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's director of sales was given a choice Monday resignation or termination.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley confirmed Monday that Robert Stebbins, who has been with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery as the group's director of sales since its start, is no longer working for the program.
Woosley said early Monday night that Stebbins was told he'd be fired if he didn't quit, but Woosley said he doesn't know which option Stebbins will take.
There was no answer ...
Jun 30, 2015, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery has its best week of scratch-off sales in 23-year history
Scratch-off sales for last week totaled nearly $76 million
Last week, the Texas Lottery had its highest scratch-off ticket sales in the Lottery's 23-year history.
Sales for scratch-off games totaled $75,677,650 beating the previous record of $75,360,138 set in March 2013.
We are thrilled with last week's scratch-off sales as revenue generated from these games benefits public education and veterans in Texas, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. When Texans are playi ...
Feb 10, 2015, 10:23 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery suspends sales of Monopoly Millionaires' Club game
Low sales to blame
The Texas Lottery announced today that it will suspend sales of the multi-state Monopoly Millionaires' Club game following the drawing on Friday, Dec. 12.
Texas is one of 23 states participating in the game that was launched on Oct. 19.
Sales for the game have not met the lottery industry's projections and have continued to decline nationally since its introduction. After careful review, the Texas Lottery has decided to suspend sales of the game because of the prize l ...
Dec 11, 2014, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Seeing sales slowing, Missouri Lottery officials seek new customers
For many years, as state revenue has fluctuated and stagnated, the Missouri Lottery has been a welcome outlier, a dependable, sometimes surging revenue stream that rarely failed to post record profits.
From 2001-2008, the lottery doubled its sales, to just shy of $1 billion, and its contribution to state education funding (where its profit is directed) reached $265 million.
Since then though, the pace has slowed. While sales have continued to tick upward, gone are the years of double-digit ...
Jul 22, 2014, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
New keno game boosts sales for Kentucky Lottery
The Kentucky Lottery's new keno game hasn't attracted as many retailers as projected, but sales have exceeded expectations since it launched late last year.
Kentucky Lottery Chief Financial Officer Howard Kline told The State Journal that the bingo-style game, which has drawings every five minutes, sold $28.5 million in wagers as of June 21. He says that's about $500,000 more than estimated.
Kline said that came despite having only 272 Keno-only retailers sign on to offer the game by the e ...
Jul 8, 2014, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Players snapping up Mass. Lottery's new $30 tickets
The Massachusetts State Lottery, following the lead of a handful of other states, has rolled out new scratch tickets at a significantly higher price $30 a pop saying there is a market for more costly games with the chance of bigger winnings.
Since the new game was launched last Tuesday, bettors have snapped up more than $8 million in tickets, hoping to win one of the four $15 million instant jackpots or at least take home one of the 36 $1 million prizes. Dina William, who, along with her husb ...
Apr 29, 2014, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia's new $30 lottery tickets selling 'like crazy'
Lottery players are lining up to lay down some serious scratch in Georgia and Tennessee, which recently joined a number of states offering instant tickets that cost more than $25 apiece.
People are buying them like crazy, Tessa Mize, a clerk at the Mega Star gas station in Rossville on Chickamauga Avenue, said of the $30 scratch-off ticket that the Georgia Lottery introduced last week. It has a $10 million grand prize.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Lottery officials are happy with sales of a $25 i ...
Feb 5, 2014, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Snowstorms hurt Massachusetts Lottery sales
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 ...
Jan 29, 2014, 11:40 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. Lottery sales top $5 billion for first time
The Florida Lottery topped $5 billion in sales for the first time during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the department announced Monday.
A record $1.41 billion is expected to go into the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, the Lottery reported
Both amounts top the previous highs reached the year before, when sales were $4.45 billion and education transfers were $1.31 billion.
In two fiscal years, the Florida Lottery has increased sales by $1 billion. That's the fastest pace to one ...
Jul 9, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum