Pa. Lottery Reports Record Revenue in 2018-2019 Fiscal Year - News % : News
Published on
Update on

The Pennsylvania Lottery last week revealed its revenue report for the latest fiscal year. Despite the hurdles and setbacks that it faced in that period, the state lottery still managed to perform very well with the first of online lottery games bringing in a whopping $31.3 million in profits to the state. In total, the Pennsylvania Lottery recorded more than $4.5 billion in ticket sales up until June 30 – this was a neat 7.2 percent increase from the amount that was recorded in the previous fiscal year. Total profits went up $49.6 million to $1.14 billion.

Two-thirds of the just-concluded fiscal year’s sales were accounted for by scratch-off tickets – total sales for this particular vertical rose 6 percent to a record $2.9 billion. Draw ticket sales also saw an increase of 8.7 percent to about $1.4 billion and this was largely attributed to the rise in multi-state draws such as MegaMillions and Powerball.

When it comes to the year-old online lottery games, there was a total of $381 million in sales during their first full year. In addition to the $31.3 million in profits from online lottery games that was mentioned earlier, there were additional profits from monitor games such as Keno and Xpress Sports.

Great News for Pennsylvanians

To begin with, a record $2.9 billion was paid out to winners with 70 people winning at least $1 million in cash prizes during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. However, the people who walked away with the cash prizes are not the only ones that are reaping the fruits of the success of the state lottery. From the total amount that the state received, a whopping $1.14 billion has been allocated to programs that serve the elderly citizens of the Keystone State. This is a $49.6 million increase from the amount that was set aside for the elderly in the previous fiscal year.

“Families across the commonwealth rely on the vital senior programs that are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery. That is why we are extremely proud to have set a new profit record,” Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko stated.

Since it was launched way back in 1972, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed over $30 billion to pay for both tax and rent rebates as well as the transportation, prescription assistance, care and meals for the elderly in the state. The latest fiscal year is the eighth consecutive year that the lottery has generated no less than $1 billion for the benefit of the elderly. With online gambling now in full swing and the lottery having cleared most of its hurdles, this should get even better in coming years.

Latest Headlines

Penn Sells Tropicana, Furloughs 26,000 People Nationwide

Penn National Gaming has undertaken several measures amid the COVID-19 outbreak, including furloughing 26,000 employees nationwide and hoping to see an uptick in poker and online gambling in Pennsylvania. Penn National Gaming Sells Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Poker in Pennsylvania will be one of the segments that will hopefully pick up after the nation-wide closer […]

PA Online Poker Expected to Pick Up in March

With the coronavirus pandemic just beginning to take shape, all land-based casino and poker revenue in March will disappear. Pennsylvania’s only winner might be Mount Airy casino which is partners with PokerStars, the only online cardroom in the state. COVID-19 Bites into February Results With February a shorter month this year, and the COVID-19 outbreak […]

Pennsylvania Casino Industry Willfully Joining The Social Distancing Call

Six brick-and-mortar casinos in Pennsylvania have closed so far, in addition to a myriad of live poker tournaments being called off around the world, in response to the coordinated effort to slow down and, if possible, halt the spread of novel coronavirus /Covid-19/. State Governor Call On Thursday, March 12, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered […]

Live Poker Events Cancelled Under Covid-19 Threat, WPT Barcelona & WSOP Still On

March 13 was the scheduled starting day for one big live poker tournament, The Golden Poker Million Marrakech, an event that takes place annually in Casino de Marrakesh in the Es Saadi Resort in Morocco. But not in this year. Golden Poker Million Marrakesh 2 days ago, a statement released by the direction of the […]

PA Hosts Problem Gambling Month Events in March

Pennsylvania is stepping up its efforts to tackle problem gambling – even before the numbers suggest there is a problem to begin with. A new website,, has launched to assist people who might suffer from problem gambling or are at a risk of a developing the disorder. The website runs an exhaustive questionnaire that […]

Similar PA Casinos Post

Fraud Investigation Looks Into Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery provides residents with the chance to cash in on life-changing prizes – but has every winner been legitimate? An investigation into the organization aims to find out, after a number of fraudulent cases have been uncovered across the United States. Last year, lottery players across the state purchased $4.5 billion in tickets […]

FanDuel Boosts Pa. Sports Betting Revenue in August

In August 2019, sports bettor in Pennsylvania placed a whopping $109 million in sports bets, an 84 percent increase from the amount that was wagered in July. According to the revenue report that was released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) the online gambling sector was the biggest contributor to the revenue. In total, […]

Tides Turn for Pennsylvania’s Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

The Keystone State’s gambling industry has been thriving thanks to a number of new developments in both the retail and online gambling sectors. Even so, not everything has been as rosy as we may hope and one of the issues that the state’s gambling industry has been grappling with has been the declining interest in […]

PGCB Approves Slot Machine Reduction Proposals by Three Operators

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s August hearing was a very busy one and it saw to a number of significant regulatory actions. Members of the gaming control board tackled some very important issues including the renewal of Stadium Casino’s five-year license for its upcoming Philadelphia casino. At the Harrisburg hearing, the PGCB also announced that […]