OVER $1 BILLION IN SALES FOR THE 3rd STRAIGHT YEAR
The Kentucky Lottery once again shattered a sales record by finishing fiscal year 2019 with $1,129,655,000 in ticket sales. That’s the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, an $87.1 million jump over last year’s record number. FY19 marks the 21st year out of the past 26 that the Kentucky Lottery has achieved record sales.
The Lottery’s transfers to the Commonwealth in FY19 were $272.7 million, an increase of nearly $10 million (and another record).
Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual retail game category, finishing the year at $669.2 million. This is a $56.1 million (9.1%) increase from the previous year, by far the largest dollar increase of any product line.
Thanks to a near world-record jackpot run in October 2018, Mega Millions saw the largest percentage increase of any game sold for the full fiscal year. Mega Millions sales rose 58.6% ($23.3 million) to $61.4 million. Game enhancement to 5 Card Cash also positively increased sales for this product, up 12.1% ($742,000) to $6.9 million for FY19
Fueled by several new initiatives, sales on our iLottery Instant Play internet sales channel rose dramatically by almost 70%. FY19 sales for the platform were $17.4 million, compared with $10.3 million in FY19.
This past year saw several milestones, including the celebration of our 30th anniversary and the launch of a new logo. We take great pride in finishing FY19 in such a record-breaking fashion and look forward to new initiatives slated for FY20 which we believe will continue our positive growth.