July 15, 2004

Lottery Sales Highest Ever, Up 11.5 Percent

The Missouri Lottery had another record sales year with fiscal year 2004 sales totaling more than $791.5 million, 11.5 percent higher than the previous year.

Scotland County did its part to help produce the record year, which ended June 30.

On a daily basis we average somewhere between $400 to $800 in Scratchers ticket sales, said Mary Young of Gas & More, a lottery ticket distributor in Memphis. You have some days that are slower than that and others that go way over that too.

Jim Scroggins, executive director for the Missouri Lottery, said the sales increase can be attributed to several high Powerball jackpots, a large variety of Scratchers games and sales increases in the Club Keno game.

The large Powerball jackpots this year translated into above average local sales as well.

There are days we sell $100 in Powerball tickets but when the jackpot gets way up there we sell $1,000 or more in tickets a day leading up to the drawing, Young said.

More than $484 million in prizes were awarded to Missouri Lottery players during the fiscal year 2004, increasing the total prizes awarded since the Lottery began in 1986 to more than $4.1 billion. Six Missouri Lottery players became millionaires, winning jackpots ranging from $1.5 million to $130.6 million. In all, 143.9 million in jackpot prizes were awarded during the past fiscal year.

Retailers who sell Missouri Lottery products earned more than $48.5 million in commissions, incentives and bonuses for selling Missouri Lottery tickets last year.

The record sales for 2004 translated into record proceeds to Missouris public education programs with more than $230 million transferred to the Lottery Proceeds Fund to benefit various public education programs. Total proceeds to the state, including education, since the Missouri Lottery began are more than $2.2 billion.

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