Lottery ticket sales continues pace amid pandemic

Lottery ticket sales “were very strong” in the 10 weeks between mid-October and Christmas, contributing to a brightening financial picture for the agency that has generally fared well through the pandemic, officials said Tuesday.

The Lottery sold more than $759 million in scratch tickets during this year’s holiday sales season, a 4.7% increase over 2020 holiday sales, and sales of all Lottery products totaled more than $1.12 billion, up 8% over 2020 holiday sales, Executive Director Michael Sweeney told the Lottery Commission.

November sales of $557.2 million were up about $40 million or 7.7% over November 2020 sales, led by a $22.7 million increase in Keno sales and a $6 million decline in scratch ticket grand prize claims. Adjusted net profit for the month topped $100 million, up more than $12 million from November 2020.

Now five months into fiscal year 2022, the Lottery has sold more than $2.56 billion worth of its products and has generated an estimated profit of $504.9 million.

Officials said “significant increases in Keno sales and jackpot games sales, and a $23.6 million decrease in instant ticket grand prize claims,” have put the Lottery roughly $38.5 million ahead of the profit pace set during the record-setting fiscal year 2021.

The Lottery produced a record $1.112 billion in profit in fiscal 2021 to use as local aid to cities and towns despite having to navigate the consumer and economic changes brought upon by the pandemic.

Treasurer Deb Goldberg told lawmakers and Baker administration officials last week that she expects the Lottery will generate about $995 million in revenue for the state this fiscal year and roughly $1 billion in fiscal year 2023.

Sweeney also announced Tuesday that the Lottery is partnering with the Department of Public Health to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics next month at high-traffic Lottery retailers in Lawrence, New Bedford and Springfield.

Free COVID-19 vaccines — first and second doses as well as booster shots — will be available Saturday, Jan. 8 at the City Mart located at 576 Haverhill St. in Lawrence and at the Richdale at 951 Brock Ave. in New Bedford.

On Sunday, Jan. 9, the shots will be available at the One Stop Mart at 477 Boston Road in Springfield. No appointment is required.

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