OVER $1 BILLION IN SALES FOR THE 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR
Kentucky Lottery sales in FY18 were $1,042,512,000. That’s the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, a $42 million jump over FY17’s record number. This also marks the 20th year out of the past 25 that the Kentucky Lottery has achieved record sales.
This led to transfers to the Commonwealth of $262.8 million, an increase of $11.2 million. These transfers fund college scholarship and grant programs (along with workforce development initiatives and other educational programs) across the state. This includes every dollar every awarded in the popular KEES scholarship program.
Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual game category, finishing the year at $613.1 million. This is a $9.3 million (1.5%) increase from the previous year. Mega Millions saw the largest percentage increase of any game, rising 36.9% ($10.7 million) to $39.8 million. The increase was due in large part to several large jackpot runs over the course of FY18. Powerball also saw solid jackpot performance, helping that game realize $77.9 million in sales (up 8.0%).
Daily draw games continued to perform strongly, as Pick 3 sales rose to $149.7 million (up 3.0%) and Cash Ball 225 sales rose to $11.5 million (up 10.7%). Pick 4 sales declined slightly to $43.5 million (down 2.6%).
Keno continued its positive growth trend, ending the year with $82.8 million (up 9.3%). iLottery internet sales also rose from $5.2 million in FY17 to $10.2 million.
FY18 was a year in which we laid the groundwork for continued success, so we look to continue this growth pattern into FY19.