Pennsylvania Lottery Tops A Whopping $4.2 Billion In Game Sales

Written By Katie Callahan on August 14, 2018 - Last Updated on December 20, 2021

Scratch-offs made up more than 67 percent of the total sales for Pennsylvania Lottery this fiscal year. Pennsylvania reached new records with $4.2 billion in game sales and $2.7 billion in prizes to winners.

The fiscal year ran July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

“These encouraging results show that our ongoing modernization efforts are succeeding,” Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko said in the release. “With the Lottery facing increased competition from sports wagering, mini-casinos and other new forms of gambling, we must continue to work hard to grow revenues to benefit older Pennsylvanians.”

Impressive numbers

The total fixed number is $4,200,564,811, up by almost $200 million year-to-year. The previous record sat at $4.13 billion for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The $2.7 billion in prizes to winners increased by $145.5 million, with good signs for future players with good numbers from the past:

  • More than $1 billion went to older Pennsylvanians
  • 67 players became millionaires
  • More than 125,000 prizes of over $500 were paid out ($649.3 million)
  • For each lottery sales dollar, 65 cents went back to the winners

Over 9,300 lottery retailers earned more than $224.1 million in commissions, up $12.7 million from 2017.

While net revenue was at almost $1.10 billion, it rose $47.9 million from the prior year.

Scratch-Off sales set another record

Scatch-Off sales were up 3.6 percent, or $97.6 million to get to $2.8 billion. This record sits just in front of the $2.79 billion from 2015-2016. Even so, this total represents 67 percent of total sales.

Draw games boasted a total of $1.25 billion, up almost 2.9 percent or $34.8 million. These include:

  • PICK family of games
  • Wild Ball
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Cash 5
  • Match 6
  • Millionaire Raffle
  • Cash4Life
  • Powerball
  • Mega Millions

Of those games, the multi-state game sales – Powerball, Mega Millions, and Cash4Life – increased 15 percent from last year, growing $55 million.

Powerball and Mega Million jackpots together returned $406 million in sales to PA, or almost ten percent of traditional game sales. The Mega Millions changed price from $1 to $2 in October.

Match 6 alone hit $113.3 million, up 42.4 percent, or $33.7 million. The game moved from two drawings weekly to nightly drawings.

Fast Play games came in at $114.4 million, beating estimates by over $14 million, in its first full year of sales.

New games bring new payouts

Keno and online lottery, new games on the Pennsylvania scene, went on sale in May.

From its May 1 launch, Keno brought over $7.6 million in sales. PA online lottery interactive games ran from launch on May 22 to June 30, and paid out $20.8 million.

“It’s important to note that two new products, Keno and i Lottery, also contributed to our success, although both were launched toward the end of the fiscal year,” Svitko said in the release.

Revenue summaries:

  • Scratch-Offs: $2.8 billion
  • Draw Games: $1.25 billion
  • Fast Play: $114.4 million
  • Keno: $7.6 million
  • iLottery: $20.8 million

The Lottery Fund contributed over $29 billion to programs, such as:

  • Property tax and rent rebates
  • Free and reduced-fare transportation services
  • Low-cost prescriptions programs (PACE, PACENET)
  • Eldercare services

Pennsylvania is the only state to direct its proceeds entirely to older adults in Pennsylvania.

“We’re proud that this was the seventh consecutive year that we exceeded $1 billion in proceeds to benefit older adults,” said Svitko. “I’m grateful for the support of our players, business partners and the entire Lottery team for making this record year possible.”

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