07/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/22/2019 22:39
July 23, 2019
Maine Lottery sets records in Fiscal Year 2019!
MAINE LOTTERY SETS RECORD FOR PAYOUTS TO PLAYERS, COMMISSIONS TO RETAILERS AND PROFIT FOR THE STATE'S GENERAL FUND More than $196 Million to Players; $19.5 Million to retailers; $62.6 Million to the General Fund.
HALLOWELL, MAINE-Topping last years record numbers, The Maine Lottery has just closed its books on its best 12 months ever. During the 2019 fiscal year, ending June 30, the Lottery set records for sales, prize money, commissions to retailers and funds transferred to the states General Fund.
Players took home a record total, before taxes, of $196.8 million in winnings from the Lottery's draw, instant scratch and fast play games. Total lottery sales were nearly $300 million, with retailers earning nearly $20 million in commissions all-time high totals since the Lottery was established in 1974. Instant ticket sales totaled more than $224.6 million, also a record.
'We are very proud of the work we do to generate this important revenue while ensuring the integrity of the games and keeping responsible gaming at the forefront of what we do,' said Gregg Mineo, director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. The $62.6 million in lottery money that goes to the General Fund supports important programs throughout the state and were very proud of that.
Here is a breakdown of the numbers:
General fund transfer: $ 62,675,109 $
Prizes paid to players $196,797,222
Commissions paid to retailers: $ 19,719,408
Instant ticket sales: $224,635,254
Draw game sales: $68,217,582
Total Sales: $299,451,696
About Maine State Lottery The Maine State Lottery was established in 1974 by Maine voters in a statewide referendum. Maine State Lottery proceeds benefit the General Fund. For information on lottery games and game draw results, visit mainelottery.com. Maine State Lottery officials encourage everyone to play responsibly.