OVER $1 BILLION IN SALES FOR THE 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR
The Kentucky Lottery again shattering a sales record through finishing fiscal year 2020 by selling $1,203,442,000 in tickets. That’s the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, and is $73.9 million (6.5%) more than the previous record set in the previous fiscal year. FY20 marks the 22nd year out of the past 27 that the Kentucky Lottery has achieved record sales.
The Lottery’s cash transfers to the Commonwealth in FY20 were $278.5 million, an increase of $5.8 million (and another record). These transfers are even more impactful now, as Lottery retailers and staff have worked to keep our essential businesses open. Thanks to that work, more money than ever is available to help our state’s best, brightest and most deserving students attend college in Kentucky.
Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual game category, finishing the year at $741.1 million. This is a $71.9 million (10.7%) increase from the previous year.
Kentucky’s Pick 3 game posted the largest draw game dollar increase in sales, rising $17.4 million (11.6%) to $167.3 million. Pick 4 posted the largest draw-game percentage sales increase for the year of 14.1%. That translated into sales for the game of $50.9 million, up $6.3 million from FY19. A pair of new draw games launched in FY20 – Fast Play and Cash Pop – accounted for $17.9 million in additional sales.
Internet lottery sales also showed significant growth throughout the year, due in large part to sales during stay-at-home orders as a result of the pandemic. iLottery sales finished FY20 at $45.0 million, an increase of $18.2 million (68%). Internet sales continued to be a modest amount of overall business, comprising 3.7% of total sales.
We take great pride in finishing FY20 during a tumultuous period unlike anything that’s existed in our more than three-decade history, and are working hard to continue this positive growth.