LOTTERY PROFITS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
July 14, 2015
Record-Setting Sales Year Produces $983.5 Million in Net Profit
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Lottery ended its fiscal year with an estimated $983.5 million in profit, $35.7 million higher than what was forecasted in the original FY15 state budget. Surpassing the $5 billion mark in transactions for the first time, the Lottery achieved a record-setting year in terms of sales with $5.011 billion, and the resulting profit is second only to the record $983.7 million that the Lottery generated in FY12. Lottery net profit is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid to the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.
The Lottery’s fiscal year commenced on July 1, 2014 and ended June 30, 2015. Sales of $5.011 billion eclipsed the previous record of $4.863 billion set last year by $148 million, marking the fourth consecutive year of record-setting sales.
“I am proud that our thoughtful analysis and strategy have produced another record-setting performance, generating valuable financial resources for cities and towns across the Commonwealth for programs and initiatives that will benefit residents at the local level,” said Goldberg, who as Treasurer serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
Treasurer Goldberg cited robust sales at the $20 and $30 instant ticket price points and a substantial increase in KENO sales over FY14 as primary contributors to the record-setting numbers.
The Lottery introduced its first $30 instant ticket, “World Class Millions,” shortly before the start of FY15, helping to drive overall instant ticket sales to unprecedented levels in the weeks following its launch. Sales of the industry award-winning “World Class Millions” remained strong throughout FY15, which also saw the release of the Lottery’s second $30 game, “Supreme Millions,” on April 28, 2015. Combined sales of all $20 and $30 instant tickets accounted for over $1 billion in sales in FY15, an 18 percent increase over the previous year.
KENO sales rang in at an estimated $851 million, a $36 million increase over FY14, due in part to the expansion of the number of agents offering the product. An additional 250 agents are now selling KENO compared to a year ago.
The Lottery spent an estimated $100.5 million on administrative costs in FY15. These costs remained at approximately 2 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any U.S. lottery.
“Our challenge for FY16 is to sustain our success in the face of new competition from the state’s first gaming facility and prepare ourselves for the additional competition that will emerge when the resort casinos open,” said Goldberg. “With a limited advertising budget, it is essential that we use innovation and technology to effectively position the Lottery in this increasingly competitive gaming market.”
The Lottery awarded a record $3.641 billion in prizes in FY15. Prize payouts for a given year can fluctuate based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes. FY15 saw three $15 million prizes claimed on $30 instant tickets. With 72.6 percent of all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY15, the Massachusetts Lottery has the highest payout percentage of any lottery in the country. Meanwhile, Lottery retailers earned over $286 million in retailer commissions and bonuses in FY15, topping the mark of $277 million set last fiscal year.
“The Lottery’s goal is to maximize profit for local aid and we appreciate the efforts of our employees and our network of retail partners across the state, as well as the continued support from our players, in helping us reach our goal,” said Michael Sweeney, the Lottery’s Interim Executive Director. “As Lottery sales have continued to set records, our players and our retailers have enjoyed record-setting returns of their own.”
While the FY15 figures have not been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially once that annual review process is complete. Lottery officials anticipate completing the finalized financial statement of operations in September.
The Massachusetts State Lottery was created in 1972 to generate much-needed local aid revenues for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $21 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.
MASS. STATE LOTTERY RELEASES NEW $30 SCRATCH TICKET
Aptil 28, 2015
“Supreme Millions,” the Lottery’s second $30 offering, features over $732 million in cash prizes, including 80 top prizes ranging from $1 million to $15 million!
State Treasurer and Lottery Chair Deborah Goldberg today announced the launch of the Massachusetts Lottery’s latest $30 instant “scratch” ticket -- Supreme Millions -- a highly-anticipated release that is packed with over $732 million in total cash prizes.
“Based on the record-setting success of the Lottery’s first $30 ticket, we are very excited about today’s launch and the potential it has to generate over $100 million in critical local aid dollars for the 351 cities and towns in our Commonwealth,” said Treasurer Goldberg, who today was at the Lottery’s Braintree headquarters for the new game’s release.
Included in Supreme Millions’robust prize offerings are four $15 million and 66 $1 million “scratch and win” prizes, as well as over 1.76 million prizes ranging from $100 to $50,000. Ten $1 million prizes will be awarded via the game’s exciting second chance drawing program that allows players to enter their non-winning tickets online for opportunities to win substantial cash prizes. Two $1 million prizes winners will be selected in each of the game’s five second chance drawings.
Supreme Millionsis the Lottery’s second offering at a $30 price point. It comes on the heels of the wildly-successful World Class Millions ticket that was released in April 2014 and is expected to sell out by this summer.
The overall chance of winning a prize in Supreme Million is 1 in 2.79, the best odds offered in Mass. Lottery history. The new game’s overall prize payout of 80.7 percent represents the highest payout percentage offered by the Mass. Lottery, matching only that of World Class Millions.
Supreme Millions presents its players with a thrilling opportunity to win up to 30 times on a single ticket. Each ticket contains 10 “Winning Numbers” and 30 “Your Numbers,” each of which contain 30 prize values. If one or more of the “Your Numbers” matches the “Winning Numbers,” the player wins the corresponding amount. There are also “2X,” “5X,” “10X,” “20X,” and “200X” symbols in the “Your Numbers” spots, which multiplies any winning combinations, as well as a burst symbol that automatically awards players with a $100 instant win.
With a print run of over 30.2 million tickets, sales from the new $30 Supreme Millions game are expected to reach approximately $907 million and the potential net profit that will be generated is $104.2 million. Lottery profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
World Class Millions, the state’s first $30 ticket, has generated over $582.9 million in sales and $66.9 million in net profit since its release just over a year ago. The Mass. Lottery received the 2014 “Best New Instant Ticket Award” from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) for World Class Millions, marking the first time the Lottery has ever received this distinction.
The Massachusetts Lottery introduced the world’s first instant ticket product, a $1 ticket named The Instant Game, in May 1974 – a move that revolutionized the lottery industry and established Massachusetts as a lottery innovator. In the 41 years since, the Massachusetts Lottery has grown to be the world’s leader in instant ticket sales, generating over $3.3 billion annually.
Congratulations to Maryellen LaDue of Rockland, winner of the Massachusetts State Lottery’s and TD Garden’s “Ultimate Garden Party Dream” contest. Maryellen, who is the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding this August, dreamed of having a bachelorette party at the TD Garden this summer when Shania Twain brings her farewell tour to Boston. The bride-to-be has been a longtime fan of Shania, and Maryellen felt that this would be the ultimate way to celebrate with their friends before the upcoming nuptials. Shania Twain is scheduled to perform at the TD Garden on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
New Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket from Mass. State Lottery Offers Unprecedented All Access Garden Party Pass Prize
March 25, 2015
The Massachusetts State Lottery and the TD Garden today announced they are teaming up on a unique new $5 “scratch” ticket that will give players the chance to win over $30.7 million in instant cash and second chance prizes, including the unprecedented opportunity to win exclusive access to every single ticketed event held at the TD Garden for an entire year.
The Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket, which goes on sale Tuesday, March 31 at Lottery retailers statewide, offers four (4) top instant prizes of $250,000 and over 1.8 million instant prizes ranging from $5 to $10,000. The new $5 game also features four (4) Second Chance Drawings through which players can enter their non-winning tickets for chances to win the first-of-its-kind All Access Garden Party Pass that includes two premium seats to each ticketed event held at the TD Garden for one full year (all regular season and postseason professional and amateur sporting events, concerts, circus and family shows and more), one premium parking space for each event and $25,000 in cash. Additional Second Chance prize packages include premium seats at a selection of TD Garden events, behind-the-scenes tours of the TD Garden and cash.
To celebrate the launch of the new Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket, the Lottery and the TD Garden are giving fans the opportunity to have their “Ultimate Garden Party Dream” realized. Fans are invited to describe in 250 words or less what their ultimate dream experience at the TD Garden would be. While every component of their dream might not be able to be fulfilled, one person will be chosen to win a TD Garden experience that is related to their Ultimate Garden Party Dream. All entries must be submitted via e-mail at email@example.com. Entries are being accepted from Wednesday, March 25 through Tuesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. The winner will be announced via www.masslottery.com and the www.facebook.com/mastatelottery and Twitter accounts www.twitter.com/mastatelottery.
With a print run of over 8 million tickets, sales from the $5 Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket are expected to reach nearly $40 million and generate more than $6.4 million in local aid revenues available for Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns.
To learn more about the Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket and its Second Chance Drawings, pick up a game brochure at any of the Lottery’s 7,500 sales agent locations across the state or visit www.masslottery.com , where you will also find details and official rules for the Ultimate Garden Party Dream contest.
Enter to Win a Lucky for Life Season Ticket on Facebook
March 11, 2015
Looking for a little luck this St. Patrick’s Day? The Massachusetts State Lottery is giving away 50 Lucky for Life Season Tickets as part of a Facebook contest that runs from Wednesday, March 11 until Monday, March 16 at 12 p.m.
To enter, if you are an existing Facebook member, simply visit our Facebook page, select “Season Tickets Giveaway” from the menu bar and fill out the entry form. You can also find a link to the contest on our timeline on your Facebook mobile app. If you do not have a Facebook account, you can create one for free before proceeding with the entry process.
50 winners will be randomly selected. Each winner will receive a one-year Season Ticket to Lucky for Life. The newly-expanded Lucky for Life game features a top prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of your life. Second prize is $25,000 a year for life. Drawings take place every Monday and Thursday.
Contest winners will be posted on the Mass. Lottery Facebook page on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015.
Losing the battle with Old Man Winter? The Massachusetts State Lottery is giving you a chance to fight back with the Megabucks Doubler #snOMGlotterytrivia Twitter Contest.
Each day from Monday, February 23 to Friday, February 27, the first person (age 18 or older) who correctly answers a Lottery trivia question asked via the Mass. Lottery’s official Twitter account will win a special snow-related prize package. Each prize package will consist of a roof rake, one container of ice melting substance and a package of nylon knee highs, along with a one (1) year Megabucks Doubler Season Ticket.
Winners will be announced on Twitter and will have 30 days to claim their prize at any Lottery regional office.
Don’t be left out in the cold. Follow us on Twitter - @MAStateLottery - for your chance to win.
Top prize in tonight’s drawing the third-largest ever
The Powerball jackpot for the Wednesday, February 11, 2015 drawing has been increased for the second time in as many days and now stands at an estimated $500 million. The cash option on the prize is now an estimated $337.8 million.
It is the third-largest Powerball jackpot in the history of the multi-state game. Last hit on November 29, 2014, this jackpot has been growing for 20 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. Tickets for this drawing will be sold up until 9:45 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at any of the Lottery’s 7,500 retailers statewide.
In addition to Massachusetts, Powerball is played in 43 other states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST in Tallahassee, Florida.
LOTTERY "GAME OF A LIFETIME" GETS BIGGER, BETTER STARTING JANUARY 27
January 26, 2015
Newly-expanded “Lucky for Life” draw game soon to be sold in 17 states, offering players bigger prizes and better odds to win
The regional Lucky for Life lottery game, which offers players chances to win a top prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for life and a second prize of $25,000 a year for life, is about to get bigger and better, with enhanced odds of winning and larger lower-tier prizes.
The popular draw game that launched in Massachusetts and its five surrounding New England states in March of 2012 is expanding to include a total of 17 participating lotteries across the country. In addition to Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont, new states: Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina will begin selling Lucky for Life tickets on Tuesday, January 27. Three other lotteries: District of Columbia, Iowa and Kentucky, will also be joining the game in the coming weeks.
With the new states joining, the game is undergoing modifications that better players' chances of winning the game’s top prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for life, as well as increase the size of the lower‐tier prize offerings.
Including the two lifetime prizes -- $1,000 a day and $25,000 a year -- there are a total of 10 ways to win a prize in the Lucky for Life game. Values of seven of the eight lower-tier prizes will increase from their current amounts. The odds of winning Lucky for Life's coveted top prize will drop to 1 in approximately 30.8 million from the current 1 in 41.4 million; while the overall odds of winning a prize will now be 1 in 7.8, improving from the current odds of 1 in 8.6.
To play Lucky for Life, a player must select five (5) out of 48 numbers and one (1) out of 18 numbers in the Lucky Ball Pool. Players matching all five numbers, plus the Lucky Ball, win $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of their life. Players matching the first five numbers correctly, but do not match the Lucky Ball, win $25,000 a year for their lifetime. Each of the lifetime prizes are guaranteed for a minimum of 20 years, but will continue to be paid out for the duration of each winner’s lifetime -- so winners who live long lives can win more.
The first game drawing featuring the new, improved odds and prize structure will take place on Thursday, January 29.
Since its New England launch nearly three years ago, there have been seven Lucky for Life top prizes won, three of which were sold in Massachusetts, including one in the game's very first drawing. On March 15, 2012, Bruce Campbell -- a 39 year old plumber from Hanover, MA -- won $1,000 a day, every day for the rest of his life. There have also been 176 second prize wins across the six state footprint during that timeframe, 78 of which were won on tickets sold in Massachusetts.
The Lucky for Life game is drawn on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:38 p.m. in Connecticut. Tickets are $2 per play and are on sale at any lottery retailer licensed within the participating states until 9:30 p.m. EST on the night of the drawing. Winning tickets must be redeemed in the state in which they were purchased. Game results and drawing videos are posted on the Massachusetts Lottery’s website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.
Players can learn more about Lucky for Life by visiting any of the Massachusetts Lottery's 7,500 retail locations statewide or by logging on to www.masslottery.com or the newly-launched webpage solely dedicated to the game, www.luckyforlife.us.
MASS. LOTTERY ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO DRAWING SCHEDULES, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 26
October 10, 2014
New drawing times for The Numbers Game, Mass Cash Jackpot Poker and KENO begin
Sunday, October 26th
The Massachusetts State Lottery today announced that beginning Sunday, October 26, there will be new drawing times for its The Numbers Game, Mass Cash, Jackpot Poker and KENO games.
The Sunday evening The Numbers Game drawing will move an hour later, from 6:57 p.m. to 7:57 p.m. Betting pools for the Lottery’s mainstay game will close at 7:45 p.m. As a result of this change, The Numbers Game’s evening drawing will take place at the same time seven nights a week. The game’s midday drawing remains at 12:55 p.m. daily.
Drawings for the Mass Cash game, which is also drawn seven nights a week, will move to 10 p.m., from its current 11:00 p.m. slot. Mass Cash betting pools will close each night at 9:45 p.m.
Also effective Sunday, October 26, is a change to the draw times for the Lottery’s monitor game, KENO. The first drawing on Sundays will take place at 10 a.m., two hours earlier than it is presently. KENO’s first draw Monday through Saturday remains at 5:02 a.m.
Jackpot Poker drawings on Sundays will take place at 10:02 a.m., two hours earlier than it is presently. Jackpot Poker's first draw Monday through Saturday remains at 5:04 a.m.
Complete drawing schedule information for all Mass. Lottery games is available at: www.masslottery.com.
MASS. LOTTERY RELEASES NEW BRUINS INSTANT “SCRATCH” TICKET
September 30, 2014
New $2 game features over $22 million in instant win and second chance prizes!
With the opening faceoff of the 2014 season just over a week away, the Massachusetts Lottery and the Boston Bruins are introducing the 2014 Boston Bruins Instant Ticket, the newest addition to their winning line of team-branded “scratch” games. The new $2 ticket goes on sale today at the Lottery’s 7,400 licensed retailers across the state.
The 2014 Boston Bruins Instant Ticket is the Lottery’s fourth Bruins-branded offering since 2009. This new game offers immediate “scratch and win” cash prizes and second chance prizes totaling over $22 million, including ten top prizes of $50,000 and 3,184,804 prizes ranging from $2 to $4,000.
The game also features a unique second-chance drawing program through which players can enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to win unique game-night experiences, autographed retired number banners, an array of authentic team-branded memorabilia that players can choose from via an online prize store and even more money – up to $25,000 cash – in a contest held on the ice at the TD Garden during a Bruins home game. There will be five second chance drawings during the sales period of the 2014 Boston Bruins Instant Ticket.
The Lottery’s portfolio of Bruins-branded tickets has amassed over $140.9 million in sales and generated approximately $24 million in net profit to date. Lottery profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. With a print run of 15.1 million tickets, sales from this new $2 game are expected to reach $30.2 million and can help grow monies available for return to municipalities by another $5.8 million.
Players can learn more about the new $2 2014 Boston Bruins Instant Ticket by picking up a game brochure at any Lottery retailer location or by visiting us here.
MASS. LOTTERY RELEASES NEW PATRIOTS INSTANT “SCRATCH” TICKET
August 26, 2014
New $5 game features over $46.2 million in instant win and second chance prizes!
BRAINTREE, MA (Tuesday, August 26, 2014) – With the opening kickoff of the 2014 season less than two weeks away,
the Massachusetts Lottery and the New England Patriots are welcoming a new addition to their winning roster of team-branded “scratch”
games with the introduction of the 2014 New England Patriots Instant Ticket. The new $5 ticket goes on sale today at the
Lottery’s 7,400 licensed retailers across the state.
The 2014 New England Patriots Instant Ticket is the Lottery’s fourth Patriots-branded offering since 2009,
when Massachusetts introduced the lottery industry’s first scratch ticket to feature a National Football League team logo.
This new game offers immediate “scratch and win” cash prizes and second chance prizes totaling over $46.2 million,
including seven top prizes of $250,000 and 2,812,068 prizes ranging from $5 to $4,000.
Players have the opportunity to enter their non-winning tickets for chances to win exclusive experiential prizes,
including away game trips for two to Miami for 10 years, home game ticket packages, player autographed footballs,
“Chalk Talk” experiences with a member of the Patriots’ coaching staff and additional cash prizes.
There will be five second chance drawings during the sales period of the $5 2014 New England Patriots Instant Ticket.
The Lottery’s portfolio of Patriots-branded tickets has amassed over $209.4 million in sales and generated approximately $33.9 million in net profit to date.
Lottery profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. With a print run of 12.1 million tickets,
sales from this new $5 game are expected to reach $60.5 million and can help grow monies available for return to municipalities by another $9.5 million.
Players can learn more about the new $5 2014 New England Patriots Instant Ticket
by picking up a game brochure at any Lottery retailer location or by visiting the Lottery online
Boston Celtics and Mass. State Lottery Honor ‘Heroes’
July 28, 2014
Boston Celtics Legend Tommy Heinsohn, Team President Rich Gotham and State Treasurer Steven Grossman, recognized 2013-2014 Heroes Among Us honorees
The Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Lottery honored their 2013-14 Heroes Among Us recipients at a State House ceremony today. The ceremony was attended by government officials, community leaders and professional athletes, recognizing extraordinary deeds that ranged from saving lives to bettering the lives of the less fortunate.
The honorees were recognized by Celtics Legend and Comcast SportsNet Color Analyst Tommy Heinsohn, Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman and Celtics Team President Rich Gotham before a group of more than 250 invited guests. Celtics Public Address Announcer Eddie Palladino emceed and TV Host and CEO of Lucky Gal Productions Bianca de la Garza served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
“I would like to congratulate all of this past season’s Heroes Among Us Award winners.” Boston Celtics Legend and Comcast SportsNet Color Analyst Tommy Heinsohn said. “You inspire us and you are all tremendous role models for our community.”
The heroes, each of whom were recognized at a Celtics home game during the season, were called to the stage individually to receive congratulations from Heinsohn, Grossman, Gotham, de la Garza and others.
“These individuals and their extraordinary deeds exemplify the best of the human spirit. They remind us of our shared desire to improve our communities and the lives of other people,” Grossman said. “I’m delighted to be part of a ceremony that celebrates these men and women and their many selfless contributions.”
Heroes Among Us honorees for the 2013-14 season included: Wendell Williams, Chuck Burke, Colonel Enoch Woodhouse, Steven Christopher, Juri Love, Jason Sissel, Jack Cadigan, Marcie Martellucci, Charles Brown, Jonah Shea, Keysha Nunez, Timothy J. McLaughlin, Michael Szczepkowski, Roosevelt Robinson, Andrea Nevins, Rene Jr. Bilodeau, Andrew Bilodeau, Kathleen Roberts, William Muse, Michael Smith, Ana Leon, Judy Giovangelo, Mike Scanlon, Spc. Carl Alves, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian, Bill Battis, Denisha Woodberry, Billy Starr, Cory Fitz-Marquez, Ruben Fitz-Marquez, Benjamin Johnston, Officer Carl Farrington, Amber Bobnar, Bohdan Pomahac, Sierra Weissm Meghan Gillespie, Derek Panora, Elizabeth Monger, Brunel Etienne, Sandy Ho, Debbie Tyborowski, Michael Fiato, Heather Rurakm Jodi Swenson, Sandy Fitzgerald, Emilie Schlitt, Caitlin Eagen, Michael Weaver, Beth Pond, Mitch Harris, Eric Halvorson, Christian E. Sampson, and Edwin Gravereaux.
The Heroes Among Us program, created by the Celtics prior to the 1997-98 season, is sponsored by the Massachusetts State Lottery and supported by Comcast SportsNet New England and 98.5 The SportsHub.
Nominations for the Heroes Among Us Award can be mailed to:
Heroes Among Us Award
c/o The Boston Celtics
226 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
LOTTERY PROFITS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
July 24, 2014
Record-Setting Sales Year Produces $971 Million in Net Profit
Calling it “a win for cities and towns across the Commonwealth,” Treasurer Steven Grossman announced today that the Lottery ended its fiscal year with an estimated $971 million in profit, $34 million higher than what was anticipated in the original FY14 state budget. With $4.861 billion in transactions, the Lottery achieved a record-setting year in terms of sales, and the resulting profit is second only to the $983 million that the Lottery generated in FY12. Lottery net profit is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid to the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.
“I am proud that our creative and entrepreneurial management approach has resulted in another year of record or near-record performance, generating revenues that will improve the quality of life for the state’s residents by providing funding for important local initiatives,” said Grossman, who as Treasurer serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. “The dramatic profit increases that the Lottery has produced over the last three years have been realized through innovation, efficiencies and an outstanding management team.”
The Lottery’s fiscal year commenced on July 1, 2013 and ended June 30, 2014. Sales of $4.861 billion topped the previous record of $4.850 billion set last year by $11 million, marking the third consecutive year of record-setting sales. Over the last three fiscal years, Lottery sales have totaled $14.453 billion, and profits $2.912 billion.
Compared to FY11, sales for FY14 are up 9.8 percent ($433.4 million) and profits are up 9.5 percent ($84.0 million). This growth has been accomplished with greater operational efficiencies, including a reduction from 406 to 394 full-time employees through attrition in that span. Further demonstrating the efficiency of operations, the Lottery spent an estimated $2.1 million less than it budgeted for administrative costs in FY14, money that was directly applied to the overall profit. The Lottery’s administrative costs remained at approximately 2 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any U.S. lottery.
Grossman also pointed to enhanced marketing and continued evaluation and revamping of the game offerings as contributors to the Lottery’s three most successful years. Most recently, after considerable analysis, the Lottery introduced its first $30 instant ticket, “World Class Millions,” which helped fuel unprecedented levels of overall instant ticket sales in the weeks following its April launch. The momentum has continued into the beginning of FY15, with total gross sales of all Lottery products up 5.6 percent from FY14 over the first three weeks of July.
“Thanks to the efforts from our employees and statewide network of retail partners, and to the continued support from our players, we have once again reached new levels of success and maximized profit made available to cities and towns,” said Beth Bresnahan, Lottery Executive Director. “While the Lottery is posting record-breaking figures, our players and retailers are also enjoying record or near-record numbers of their own.”
The Lottery awarded $3.515 billion in prizes in FY14, second only to the $3.523 billion awarded last fiscal year. Prize payouts for a given year can fluctuate based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes. With 72.3 percent of all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY14, the Massachusetts Lottery has the highest payout percentage of any lottery in the country. Meanwhile, Lottery retailers earned over $277 million in retailer commissions and bonuses in FY14, topping the mark of $276 million set last fiscal year.
While the FY14 figures have not been formally audited, the Lottery does not expect them to change substantially once that annual review process is complete. Lottery officials anticipate completing the finalized financial statement of operations in early September.
The Massachusetts State Lottery was created in 1972 to generate much-needed local aid revenues for the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. Since its inception, the Lottery has returned more than $21 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.
MASS. STATE LOTTERY RELEASES $30 SCRATCH TICKET
April 22, 2014
“World Class Millions” features over $600 million in cash prizes, including a $15 million top prize – the largest instant win prize in Massachusetts history – and second chance opportunities to win up to $1 million!
The Massachusetts Lottery today released a $30 instant “scratch” ticket that offers a whopping $15 million top prize – the largest instant win prize in the state Lottery’s history.
The new World Class Millions instant ticket features over $600 million in total prize money, including four $15 million and 36 $1 million immediate “scratch and win” prizes, as well as over 1.39 million prizes from $100 to $50,000. Five $1 million prizes will also be awarded via the game’s exciting second-chance drawing program that allows players to enter their non-winning tickets online for opportunities to win substantial cash prizes.
With an overall prize payout of 80.7 percent,World Class Millions boasts the highest payout percentage of any game ever offered by the Massachusetts Lottery. The chance of winning a prize in the new game is 1 in 2.81, which is also a Lottery best.
World Class Millions presents its players with a thrilling opportunity to win up to 30 times on a single ticket. Each ticket contains 10 “Winning Numbers” and 30 “Your Numbers,” each of which contain 30 prize values. If one or more of the “Your Numbers” match the “Winning Numbers,” the player wins the corresponding amount. There are also “2X,” “5X,” “10X,” “20X,” and “100X” symbols in the “Your Numbers” spots, which multiplies any winning combinations, as well as a burst symbol that automatically awards players with a $100 instant win.
The Massachusetts Lottery introduced the world’s first instant ticket product, a $1 ticket named The Instant Game, in May 1974 – a move that revolutionized the lottery industry and established Massachusetts as a lottery innovator. In the 40 years since, the Massachusetts Lottery has grown to be the world’s leader in instant ticket sales, generating over $3.34 billion annually.
Until today, the highest-priced scratch ticket offered in the Bay State was $20; however, the $30 game is not new to the lottery industry. Neighboring states, including Connecticut which introduced the nation’s first $30 ticket in 2002, and New Hampshire which first released a $30 game in 2009, as well as launched a $25 ticket last month, have long had success with higher-priced games. Several other states across the nation, including Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, have all added $30 tickets to their instant game portfolios in recent months. The Texas Lottery offers the nation’s top-priced ticket, a $50 game.
With a print run of 25.2 million tickets, sales from the new $30 World Class Millions game are expected to reach $756 million and the potential net profit that will be generated is $86.8 million. Lottery profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
Players can learn more about the Massachusetts Lottery’s new $30 World Class Millions instant ticket and its exciting second-chance drawings by visiting any of the 7,400 licensed retail locations across the state or by logging on to the Lottery’s website.
MASS. LOTTERY RELEASES NEW RED SOX INSTANT “SCRATCH” TICKET
April 1, 2014
New $2 game marks Lottery’s 7th Red Sox-branded game offering; features over $18.9 million in instant cash prizes, 2nd chance opportunities to win VIP game night experiences, authentic memorabilia & even more cash in an on-field challenge!
The Massachusetts Lottery and the Boston Red Sox are adding to their winning line up of team-branded “scratch” games with the new 2014 Red Sox Instant Ticket. The new ticket, priced at $2, hits shelves today at the Lottery’s 7,400 licensed retailers across the state.
The 2014 Red Sox Instant Ticket marks the Lottery’s seventh Red Sox-branded offering since 2006, when Massachusetts introduced the lottery industry’s first scratch ticket to feature a Major League Baseball team logo. The new ticket is emblazoned with an image of the renowned Commissioner’s Trophy and celebrates the team’s 2013 World Series Championship win.
The Lottery’s portfolio of Red Sox-branded tickets have amassed over $929.6 million in sales and generated approximately $127.6 million in net profit to-date. Lottery profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. With a print run of 15.1 million tickets, sales from this new $2 game are expected to reach $30.2 million and can help grow monies available for return to municipalities by another $5.9 million.
The 2014 Red Sox Instant Ticket offers immediate “scratch and win” cash prizes totaling over $18.9 million, including 15 top prizes of $50,000 and 3,168,300 prizes ranging from $5,000 to $2.
The game also features a unique second-chance drawing program through which players can enter their non-winning tickets for a chance to win unique game-night experiences, an array of authentic team-branded memorabilia that players can choose from via an online prize store and even more money – up to $25,000 cash – in a contest held on the field at Fenway Park during a home game.
Players can learn more about the new $2 2014 Red Sox Instant Ticket by picking up a game brochure at any Lottery retailer location or by visiting the Lottery online at: www.masslottery.com.
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is pleased to announce that they have created a new television public service announcement to launch in conjunction with the campaign.
The focus is on a father/son relationship, and the central theme for the PSA is, “There are games you shouldn’t miss.” It features a young man who is waiting for his dad to show up at the basketball court for a game.
The video was developed free of charge, thanks to the Suffolk University Film Club, and is available in both English and Spanish.
You can view the PSA by clicking here. Please feel free to like it or share it via your social media channels.
For more information, please contact Mass. Council on Compulsive Gambling's Communications Specialist, Sasha Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GROSSMAN NAMES BETH BRESNAHAN AS LOTTERY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
February 12, 2014
Treasurer Cites Experience and Continuity in Leading the Nation’s Most Successful Lottery
Treasurer Steven Grossman today appointed Beth Bresnahan as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, drawing on the management and marketing expertise that has led to record-breaking profits at the Lottery in recent years. Bresnahan replaces Paul Sternburg, who is leaving to start a consulting business in the lottery industry.
“Beth is driven by results, and her strategic marketing approach has been a boon to the cities and towns that depend on Lottery profits for unrestricted local aid,” said Grossman. “Her innovative management style is one of the main reasons that the Lottery has generated such unprecedented levels of revenue, and I’m delighted that she is assuming this top leadership role.”
Prior to today’s appointment, Bresnahan served as the Lottery’s Assistant Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Communications, a role in which she helped develop engaging games, promotional programs and outreach strategies that resonated with the Lottery’s players. In the last two fiscal years, the Lottery achieved its two highest annual profit levels in history, $984 million in 2012 and $956 million in 2013. Those two fiscal years also set new records for sales, with $4.741 billion being generated in 2012 and $4.850 billion being generated in 2013.
“I appreciate the Treasurer’s confidence in my capabilities and am honored he has asked me to undertake this leadership role at the Lottery,” said Bresnahan. “Our team has worked to build an even more efficient and profitable business model during the last three years. I look forward to guiding the Lottery on a continued path of growth and success.”
Paul Sternburg was appointed Executive Director of the Lottery in January of 2011 when Grossman came into office. The Treasurer credited Sternburg’s leadership and sales and marketing expertise as “absolutely essential to the record-breaking success of the Lottery over the past three years,” and went on to say “as the leader of the most successful lottery in the United States, Paul has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s most imaginative and knowledgeable voices.”
Sternburg, who has 17 years of experience with state lotteries, stated that he believes “the industry is on the cusp of major innovation and change,” and that he looks forward to working with a talented industry to “leverage technology and partnerships to help deliver revenue to good causes and facilitate responsible growth.” He will continue to be based in the Boston area. “Treasurer Grossman and I built a great lottery team and we have positioned the Massachusetts Lottery as world leader; I am grateful to have served the Commonwealth and the Treasurer in this critical role,” said Sternburg.
The Massachusetts Lottery Commission was established in 1971, and its profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
BOSTON BRUINS VIP EXPERIENCE EVENT (1/22/2014)
January 21, 2014
BOSTON BRUINS VIP EXPERIENCE EVENT (1/22/2014)
Attention Second Chance winners of the “Boston Bruins®” VIP Experience prize:
The event scheduled for Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 at the TD Garden is being POSTPONED due to weather conditions and safety concerns. Earlier today you may have received a phone call and/or email stating this would only be cancelled if the Governor called an official State of Emergency. That is no longer the case. This event is postponed even if there is no State of Emergency alert for Massachusetts.
While we regret having to make this announcement so late in the day, your safety is of our greatest concern, along with ensuring the most enjoyable experience for all who attend.
We will be working with the Bruins to reschedule this event as soon as possible.
Once we have a date from the Bruins we will make contact with you using the email address above. We will follow up that email with a certified letter informing you of the new date.
Please update MDI if your contact information changes at 1-800-275-4744.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe during the storm.
POWERBALL POWER PLAY CHANGES COMING ON JANUARY 22, 2014
January 7, 2014
Starting with the January 22, 2014 Powerball drawing, the Power Play add-on feature will change to a random multiplier, increasing the opportunity to win larger cash prizes.
Just before each Powerball drawing, a multiplier number (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) will be randomly drawn. If a player purchased the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play, that randomly selected number will be used to multiply any prizes won with the exception the JACKPOT and the Match 5 prize (which will increase from $1 million to a set $2 million with Power Play).
STERLING, MA COUPLE STARTS NEW YEAR WITH 61.4 MILLION REASONS TO CELEBRATE
January 2, 2014
Maureen & Stephen Hinckley claim $61,461,010 jackpot prize won in 12/11/13 Powerball drawing, select $34.1 million cash opt.
A Sterling, Massachusetts couple has 61.4 million reasons to celebrate the New Year after stepping forward today and claiming their share of a $122.9 million lottery jackpot won in December.
Maureen Hinckley, who is an avid lottery player, stated that she was shocked and in disbelief upon opening the local newspaper on the morning of December 12th and seeing her “regular numbers” – a combination of her family members’ birthdays – in print. The 58-year old homemaker asked her family to confirm that what she saw was true before calling her husband Stephen, 61, at work. The couple kept quiet with the news of their win, only informing a select few, while they sought the advice of a lawyer to best plan for the cash windfall was to come their way.
The Hinckleys elected to receive the $34,182,986 cash option on the $64,461,010 jackpot prize, which after state and federal taxes withholdings will amount to $23,928,090.20. It takes approximately two weeks to process the jackpot win, so the couple walked away today with an oversized ceremonial check and a bit more time to think about what they will do with the winnings.
The couple has been married for 38 years and have four adult children, as well as four grandchildren. They have lived in Sterling for 28 years, plan to stay in the town, and do not foresee the jackpot prize impacting their lifestyle too much.
“We have always wanted to visit the National Parks and travel more, so that will likely be something we’ll do once this has all settled in,” said Maureen. “And my husband planned on retiring in the next few years, so that will be happening much sooner now.”
Maureen played the winning ticket at Appletown Market located at 9 Main Street in Sterling, where she stops every Saturday morning to buy lottery tickets. The store owner, Chirag Patel, also benefitted from the Hinckleys’ jackpot win after receiving a $50,000 commission -- the highest retailer commission paid by the Massachusetts Lottery -- for selling the winning ticket. Patel has been a Lottery retailer since November 2011.
The Hinckleys’ prize is the largest Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Massachusetts to-date. Since the game was introduced to Bay State players in January 2010, there have been three Powerball jackpot wins in the state, including the Hinckleys’. On December 12, 2012, Rosa DeLeon of Arlington and Reginald LeBlanc of Lexington, coworkers at Costco won a $50 million jackpot. The duo selected the cash option on the jackpot prize and received a one-time, lump sum payment of approximately $33 million, before taxes. And, on June 8, 2011, James “Jimmy” Freeman, a retired U.S. Navy civilian worker from Fall River, came forward to claim his jackpot just several hours after learning he won the $25.6 million prize. Freeman opted to take the cash payment of $13.4 million, before taxes.
Powerball's top prize for Saturday, January 4th is an estimated $60 million. The $2 game is played in 43 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. in Florida. Drawing videos and game results are posted on the Lottery’s website.
For more information on Powerball or any of the Massachusetts Lottery’s games, visit: www.masslottery.com.
Ticket #0008414 sold in Salisbury wins $560,015 jackpot
in Mass. Lottery’s SUPER 50/50 Raffle
January 1, 2014
One Massachusetts Lottery player will be starting the New Year with 560,015 additional reasons to celebrate after winning the jackpot prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s SUPER 50/50 Raffle which was drawn earlier this morning.
The winning ticket, bearing the numbers 0008414, was sold at Dick’s Variety North, 4 Main Street in Salisbury. The $560,015 prize will be paid to the winner in a single lump sum payment, less taxes. The retailer will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the jackpot-winning raffle ticket.
The Lottery will not know the identity of the winning ticket holder until he or she comes forward to claim the prize. The winner has one year from the drawing date to do so. Lottery offices are closed today in observance of the holiday, so the earliest a winner could come forward is tomorrow morning at 8:45 am when the Lottery reopens for business.
The SUPER 50/50 Raffle operates just like traditional 50/50 raffle games that are often offered at sporting events – the jackpot grows with every ticket sold and one lucky ticket holder wins exactly half of the game’s total sales. For every $10 SUPER 50/50 Raffle ticket sold, $5, or 50 percent, directly funds the game’s jackpot. Game sales for this SUPER 50/50 Raffle began on October 1st and concluded on the evening of December 31st. The Lottery sold a total of 112,003 tickets which resulted in the $560,015 jackpot prize.
This was the Lottery’s third SUPER 50/50 Raffleoffering. The Blue Pacific Sun Trust of Granby, MA took home a cash prize of over $1.15 million in the New Year’s Day 2013 drawing, and Charles McCaster of Randolph, MA won $528,710 in a July 2, 2013 raffle drawing.
In addition to awarding the SUPER 50/50 Raffle’s jackpot prize, the Lottery also held weekly “Holiday Bonus Wednesday” drawings to reward players who picked up a raffle ticket early in the game’s sales period. Every Wednesday starting on November 6th through December 25th, five (5) lucky ticket numbers were randomly drawn from the pool of tickets sold to win a $2,000 bonus prize. A total of 40 $2,000 “Holiday Bonus Wednesday” bonus prizes were selected leading up to today's SUPER 50/50 Raffle drawing.
For more information on the SUPER 50/50 Raffle and to view the 40 winning “Holiday Bonus Wednesday” drawing numbers, visit www.masslottery.com.
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