Lottery Games Play On, Break Revenue Records

MIDDLETOWN PA – The Pennsylvania Lottery generated a record profit of more than $1.3 billion during the 2020-21 fiscal year, lottery officials said Monday (Aug. 2, 2021). It represents the 10th consecutive year in which the Lottery generated more than $1 billion, driven in part by a sales record of a record of more than $5.3 billion in traditional games like Powerball and Mega Millions.

Additionally, the Lottery said it separately set another sales record by recording nearly $887 million in sales from online play. Lottery online games have become very popular with players since their launch in May 2018, it claimed.

It’s likely Montgomery County lottery players made a significant contribution to the past year’s sales success. A year earlier, lottery payouts to county residents ranked them within the top five counties with players receiving total winnings of more than $100 million, and within the top three, behind Philadelphia and Allegheny counties.

Lottery proceeds benefit senior programs, including property tax and rent rebates, free and reduced-fare transportation, and prescription assistance.

Other highlights from the fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021:

  • Sales of scratch-off games totaled a record of more than $3.7 billion, up by $554.6 million or more than 17 percent from the previous year. These games account for more than 70 percent of total traditional sales;
  • Sales of draw games like Wild Ball, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5 with Quick Cash, Match 6 Lotto, Millionaire Raffle, Cash4Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions showed an increase of $235.9 million or 21 percent from the previous year’s total;
  • The Lottery’s $887 million in online play included an increase of $155.7 million or more than 21 percent from the prior fiscal year; and
  • More than $772.1 million in prizes were paid out to winners of online Lottery games, up $135 million from the prior fiscal year.

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