Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald announced Monday a record sales year for the Ohio Lottery and a historic $1.15 billion transfer to the Lottery Profits Education Fund

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For Immediate Release: Monday, August 5, 2019

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Ohio Lottery Reports Record Sales of $4.4 Billion

Record Profits of $1.15 billion for Education

 CLEVELAND – Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald announced Monday a record sales year for the Ohio Lottery and a historic $1.15 billion transfer to the Lottery Profits Education Fund which supports K through 12, vocational and special education programs in Ohio.

 Ohio Lottery traditional sales combined with video lottery net win reached a record $4.4 billion in Fiscal Year 2019, beating the previous record by more than $271 million.  

The scratch off category led with sales of $1.66 billion, an increase of $62 million over the previous year. New scratch off game “Fastest Road to $1,000,000” and the “Decade of Dollars” family of scratch offs spurred the growth. The Lottery’s KENO® category reached a record of $453.9 million, besting the previous record by $32.7 million. Lottery sales also benefitted from multiple high jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball games, resulting in sales of $192.7 million and $143.3 million respectively. 

Ohio’s seven racinos enjoyed a record year with gross gaming revenue exceeding $1 billion for the first time. 

“This fiscal year proved successful thanks in part to new additions to our scratch off games and the recruitment of new retailers. Our sales staff added several chain restaurant/bar locations to our retail partners. We continue to strive to make playing our games and cashing prizes fun and convenient for customers,” McDonald said.

 In January, the Ohio Lottery became the first U.S. lottery jurisdiction to offer cashless purchases at the counter and self-service machines 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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The Ohio Lottery has contributed over $26 billion to education since 1974. For more information about the Ohio Lottery and its contribution to education, visit

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