HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Pennsylvania Lottery sold a record of more than $4.2 billion in games in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
According to Lottery Officials, it paid a record of more than $2.7 billion in prizes to winners and generated more than $1 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians.
“We’re proud that this was the seventh consecutive year that we exceeded $1 billion in
proceeds to benefit older adults,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko in a Pennsylvania Internet News Service
“I’m grateful for the support of our players, business partners and the entire Lottery team for making this record year possible.”
Overall results of the fiscal year, which ran July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, include:
• Traditional game sales totaled $4,200,564,811, up by $199.5 million year-to-year and
breaking the previous sales record of $4.13 billion from the 2015-16 fiscal year.
• Net revenue generated for the Lottery Fund totaled $1,093,645,976, an increase of
$47.9 million from the prior year.
• Prizes paid grew to a record of more than $2.7 billion, an increase of $145.5 million. A
total of 67 players won prizes of $1 million or more during the year. Overall,
approximately 65 cents of every lottery sales dollar went back to winners.
• More than 9,300 licensed Lottery retailers statewide, many of them smallandfamily owned
businesses, earned more than $224.1 million in sales commissions. That marked
an increase of $12.7 million from the prior year.
By-category sales summaries are as follows:
• Sales of Scratch-Offs games totaled a record of more than $2.8 billion, up by $97.6
million, or 3.6 percent, from the previous year and surpassing the previous record of
$2.79 billion set in 2015-16. These games accounted for over 67 percent of total sales.
• Sales of Draw Games – including the PICK family of games and Wild Ball, Treasure
Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6, Millionaire Raffle, Cash4Life®, Powerball®, and Mega Millions®
– totaled $1.25 billion for the fiscal year, up $34.8 million, or nearly 2.9 percent, from the
previous year’s total. Highlights from the category include:
o Sales of multi-state games (Powerball®, Mega Millions®and Cash4Life®) grew
by nearly $55 million, or almost 15 percent, from the prior year. Several large
Powerball andMegaMillions jackpots helped to grow revenues for this category,
as did a change in the base price for Mega Millions (from $1 to $2) in October.
o Match 6 Lotto sales totaled more than $113.3 million, up by more than $33.7
million, or 42.4 percent, from the prior year. Last August, the game changed from
twice-weekly to nightly drawings.
• Sales of Fast Play games totaled over $114.4 million, exceeding estimates by more than
$14 million. This was the popular category’s first full fiscal year of sales.
“It’s important to note that two new products,Kenoand iLottery, also contributed to our success,
although both were launched toward the end of the fiscal year,” Svitko added.
Keno, which went on sale May 1, generated more than $7.6 million in sales. New iLottery online
interactive games, which launched May 22, were responsible for $20.8 million in play through
Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko Interview (Courtesy PINS)