Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales of $4.1 Billion Sales results in record transfer of nearly $1.1 billion to Education

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“The addition of our first GIGANTIX® game, $10 Royal Gems, proved popular with instant ticket players, and KENO®, which is now entering its tenth year, continued to see growth this year,” Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Berg said, “As we move into the next fiscal year we’ll continue to explore new and innovative products to bring to the market.”

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Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales of $4.1 Billion

Sales results in record transfer of nearly $1.1 billion to Education 

CLEVELAND – Ohio Lottery traditional sales combined with video lottery net win reached a record $4.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2018, beating the previous record by more than $218 million.  

Lottery sales resulted in an approximately $1.1 billion transfer benefiting the Lottery Profits Education Fund, the highest transfer in Ohio Lottery history. By law, Ohio Lottery profits support public school operations, K through 12.

 The instant ticket category led with sales of $1.6 billion, an increase of $73.6 million over the previous year. The Lottery’s KENO® category continued to grow with sales reaching $421.1 million, besting the previous record by $24.8 million. Lottery sales also benefitted from multiple high jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games, resulting in sales of $119.9 million and $148.1 million respectively.

 “The addition of our first GIGANTIX® game, $10 Royal Gems, proved popular with instant ticket players, and KENO®, which is now entering its tenth year, continued to see growth this year,” Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Berg said, “As we move into the next fiscal year we’ll continue to explore new and innovative products to bring to the market.”

 In January, the Ohio Lottery became the first to offer cashless purchases on self-service terminals statewide. Coming this fall, cashless purchases will be available in all retail locations.

 All figures are preliminary and unaudited.  Audited figures are expected to be released in October. 

Information on VLT revenue can be found here:  http://www.ohiolottery.com/About/Financial/VLT-Revenue

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