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LOTTERY NETS RECORD-SETTING PROFITS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Fifth Straight Record-Setting Sales Year Produces $986.9 Million in Net Profit

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced today that the Lottery ended its fiscal year with an estimated $986.9 million in profit, $1 million higher than the record of $985.9 million set last fiscal year. The Lottery is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid to the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

Estimated sales of $5.231 billion eclipsed the previous record of $5.014 billion set last year by $217 million, marking the fifth consecutive year of record-setting sales. The Lottery’s fiscal year commenced on July 1, 2015 and ended June 30, 2016. 

“I am very pleased that the Lottery has once again been able to deliver record-setting revenues that will benefit all of our cities and towns,” said Goldberg, who as Treasurer serves as Chair of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. “The local aid derived from Lottery profits is crucial to municipal budgets and the funding of important initiatives and services at the local level.”

Treasurer Goldberg cited solid overall performance in the Instant Ticket category, a substantial increase in KENO sales over FY15 and Powerball’s record-setting jackpots in January as primary contributors to the record-setting numbers.

Instant Ticket sales topped $3.6 billion, a $92.4 million increase over FY15. KENO sales rang in at an estimated $905 million, a $54.5 million increase over FY15, due in part to the continued expansion of the number of agents offering the product. January’s run of Powerball jackpots featured a U.S.-Lottery record $947.9 million jackpot on January 9 and a world-record jackpot of $1.586 billion on January 13. Those two drawings alone attracted over $56.8 million in sales in Massachusetts, accounting for much of the $72.5 million increase in Powerball sales for this fiscal year compared to FY15.

The Lottery spent an estimated $103.3 million on administrative costs in FY16. These costs remained at approximately 2 percent of overall revenues, the lowest of any U.S. lottery.

“While the Powerball phenomenon that we experienced earlier this year had a significant positive impact on our final numbers for this fiscal year, we can’t count on having a $1.5 billion jackpot every year,” said Goldberg. “This is another illustration of how the Lottery needs to continue to seek innovation in our product offerings so that we do not become overly dependent on our existing games.” 

​The Lottery awarded a record $3.842 billion in prizes in FY16. Prize payouts for a given year can fluctuate based on the schedule or rate at which players cash in their prizes. With 73.4 percent of all revenue returned to players in the form of winnings in FY16, the Massachusetts Lottery has the highest payout percentage of any lottery in the country. Meanwhile, Lottery retailers earned $299.5 million in retailer commissions and bonuses in FY16, topping the mark of $286.7 million set last fiscal year.

“These record-setting figures are the result of the team effort by Lottery employees and our expansive network of retail partners across the state,” said Michael Sweeney, the Lottery’s Executive Director. “We’re delighted to see that cities and towns, Lottery players and our retailers all saw some great returns again this year.”

While the FY16 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 by mid-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 $24 billion in net profit to the Commonwealth.

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $390 MILLION

The Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, July 23 drawing is an estimated $390 million. The cash option on the prize is an estimated $270.5 million.

The $390 million jackpot is the game’s highest since a $429.6 million jackpot that was hit 22 drawings ago on May 7.  Earlier this year, the Powerball jackpot soared to a world-record setting $1.586 billion for the January 13 drawing.  Tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee each won a share of that jackpot.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Tickets for Saturday’s drawing can be purchased until 9:50 p.m. at Massachusetts Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET in Tallahassee, Florida.

Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

MASS. LOTTERY TO LAUNCH NEW MONITOR GAME

ALL OR NOTHING will debut Monday, July 18 at over 1,300 Lottery retailers statewide; ALL OR NOTHING To-Go available at an additional 2,500 retailers

The Massachusetts State Lottery is introducing a unique new KENO-style monitor game that will offer players the opportunity to win the game’s $100,000 top prize by matching all of their numbers, or none of their numbers, with the winning numbers that are drawn.

ALL OR NOTHING will launch on Monday, July 18 at over 1,300 Lottery retailers across the state that will display the game on a monitor.  An additional 2,500 retailers without monitors will offer ALL OR NOTHING To-Go, which gives players the opportunity to purchase their tickets at a retail location and then check their numbers on the Lottery’s website after a drawing takes place.

The game operates much like the Lottery’s successful KENO game.  Players select twelve numbers between 1 and 24 (or choose the “Quic Pic” option), the number of draws they would like to play with those numbers, and the amount they would like to wager per game.  Each ALL OR NOTHING wager starts at $1 per draw.

In each ALL OR NOTHING drawing, a computer randomly chooses 12 numbers and displays them on the monitor screen.  Players whose numbers match all 12 of the numbers selected, or none of the 12 numbers selected, will win the game’s $100,000 top prize, as the odds of each occurrence are the same.  In all, there are ten ways to win a prize.  Other prizes range from $400 to $2.  The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 4.54 and the overall prize payout is 70.27 percent.

ALL OR NOTHING will include a BONUS option, offering players a chance to increase their prize amounts by 3, 4, 5 or 10 times.  Playing the BONUS option doubles the cost of the wager.

A new game of ALL OR NOTHING will start approximately every four minutes, alternating with KENO drawings which are shown on a separate monitor.  

The new game replaces the Lottery’s Jackpot Poker game, a poker-themed monitor offering that ended its three-year run in the marketplace on June 30.

Additional information on the ALL OR NOTHING game is available here.

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $333 MILLION

The Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, July 16 drawing is an estimated $333 million. The cash option on the prize is an estimated $237 million.

The $333 million jackpot is the game’s highest since a $429.6 million jackpot that was hit 20 drawings ago on May 7.  Earlier this year, the Powerball jackpot soared to a world-record setting $1.586 billion for the January 13 drawing.  Tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee each won a share of that jackpot.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for Saturday’s drawing can be purchased until 9:50 p.m. at Massachusetts Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET in Tallahassee, Florida.

Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT INCREASES TO $540 MILLION

Grand prize in Friday night’s drawing is third highest in game’s history

The Mega Millions jackpot for the Friday, July 8 drawing has been increased to an estimated $540 million. The cash option on the prize is an estimated $380 million.

The $540 million jackpot is the game’s third highest of all time.  The highest-ever Mega Millions jackpot is $656 million, hit on March 30, 2012.  The next highest is a $648 million jackpot that was hit on December 17, 2013.  Last hit on March 8, 2016, this jackpot has been growing for 34 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner.

Mega Millions tickets are $1 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Tickets for Friday’s drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. that evening at Massachusetts Lottery retailers throughout the state.  Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. ET in Atlanta, GA.

The Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, July 9 drawing is an estimated $288 million.  The cash option on the prize is an estimated $201.4 million.

Mega Millions drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

“Greatest Instant Hits” Sweepstakes Winners
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To celebrate the launch of our new “Hit” series of Instant Tickets, the Massachusetts State Lottery is giving Facebook users the chance to win a $100 cash prize in our “Greatest Instant Hits” Sweepstakes.

A total of twenty (20) prize winners shall be randomly selected, four (4) from each of the following five (5) Entry Periods.

 

 

  • Entry Period 1: Monday, June 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 2: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 3: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 4: Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 5: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

For each of the five Entry Periods listed above, at approximately 9 a.m., the Lottery shall create a post on its Facebook page about the Sweepstakes with a call to action to enter the Sweepstakes.  To enter, all you have to do is comment on the post as instructed in the post.  It’s that simple.  Limit one entry per person per Entry Period.

For each of the Entry Period of the Sweepstakes, four winners shall be randomly selected by the Sponsor from all eligible entries received during that Entry Period.  Winners shall be selected the first business day following each Entry Period of the Sweepstakes Period.  Winners’ names shall be announced on the Lottery’s Facebook page and shall also be posted on this page.  Winners shall be notified by Facebook message from the Lottery within 48 hours of each winner selection.  Transfer of the prize is prohibited.

To claim their prizes, winners must go to the Lottery headquarters in Braintree or a regional office (Boston, New Bedford, Springfield, Woburn and Worcester) and complete a claim form.  All prizes must be claimed within thirty (30) days from the date won.  Prize checks will be mailed to the winners after the claim form has been submitted.  All applicable federal, state and local taxes, and expenses, costs or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

If you’re not already following the Lottery on Facebook, click here to find us.

No purchase necessary to enter.  Must be 18 years or older to participate.  To view the Administrative Bulletin for this sweepstakes and see complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

For more information on the Lottery’s new “Hit” series of Instant Tickets, click here

 

“Greatest Instant Hits” Sweepstakes $100 Winners

Date Winner Location                                   
June 27, 2016 Mike Bernardo Peabody
June 27, 2016 Pamela Green Hyde Park
June 27, 2016 John Linton Peabody
June 27, 2016 Maureen McCarthy Berkley
June 28, 2016 Kimberly Choquette Franklin
June 28, 2016 Paul Ledoux Worcester
June 28, 2016 Thomas McGuire Revere
June 28, 2016 Kimberly Newcomb Hanson
June 29, 2016 Jessica Lounge Attleboro
June 29, 2016 Lisa Matthias Haverhill
June 29, 2016 Samantha Moore Franklin
June 29, 2016 Tanya Obuchowski Grafton
June 30, 2016 Mark Paul North Quincy
June 30, 2016 Thomas Monks Lynn
June 30, 2016 Chanda Phea Attleboro
June 30, 2016 Laurie Sirois Duclos Swansea
July 1, 2016 Susan Callahan Milton
July 1, 2016 Gary Lehan Brockton
July 1, 2016 Susan Padilla South Hadley
July 1, 2016 Jimmy Park Clinton

 

Visit the Lottery at FOX25's summer Zip Trips
Zip Trip Quic Pic!

This summer, the Lottery is participating in FOX25’s popular Zip Trip series.  Visit the Lottery table at each Zip Trip to enter for a chance to win a one-year Megabucks Doubler Quic Pic Season Ticket (click here for official rules).  One lucky winner will be selected at each location.

 

 

 






The 2016 Zip Trip schedule is as follows:

Date City/Town Location
Friday, June 24, 2016 Arlington Boys & Girls Club, 60 Pond Lane
Friday, July 1, 2016 Hyannis Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main St.
Friday, July 8, 2016 Brockton City Hall Plaza, 45 School St.
Friday, July 15, 2016 Millbury Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm Street
Friday, July 22, 2016 Swampscott Town Hall, 20 Monument Ave
Friday, July 29, 2016 Scituate Cole Parkway Gazebo, 100 Cole Parkway
Friday, August 5, 2016 Norwood tbd
Friday, August 12, 2016 Westford tbd
Friday, August 19, 2016 North End, Boston tbd
Friday, August 26, 2016 Burlington tbd

Throughout the Zip Trip series, FOX25 will be conducting a Cereal Drive at each location to help local food pantries address the summer hunger gap when children are not in school.  If you plan on attending a Zip Trip, we encourage you to participate in the drive by bringing a box of healthy cereal to donate.  Drop-off bins will be located at the FOX25 tent.

Each Zip Trip runs from 6-10 a.m. and members of the public are encouraged to attend.  The FOX25 Morning News will broadcast live from each Zip Trip location.

 

Trip to the gym produces ‘Ultimate’ results for Cape Cod resident
Ultimate Millions

BRAINTREE, MA (June 7, 2016) – Hilary Alma of East Sandwich Tuesday claimed the first $15 million grand prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s new $30 “Ultimate Millions” instant game. It is the largest instant “scratch and win” prize offered on a Mass. Lottery instant ticket.

Alma purchased her winning ticket Tuesday morning at Mashpee Country Store, 387 Main St. in Mashpee, on her way to the gym. She chose the annuity option on her prize and received the first of 20 annual payments of $750,000 (before tax withholdings). She plans on putting some of her winnings toward home repairs. The store will receive a $50,000 retailer bonus for its sale, the highest paid by the Mass. Lottery.

There are three additional $15 million prizes and sixty-two $1 million prizes remaining in the “Ultimate Millions” instant game, which went on sale Tuesday, April 26. Five more $1 million prizes will be awarded through the game’s Second Chance Drawings, which allow players to enter their non-winning tickets online for opportunities to win substantial cash prizes. One $1 million winner will be selected in each of five drawings.

“Ultimate Millions” is the Lottery’s third $30 instant ticket, joining “World Class Millions,” which launched in April of 2014 and “Supreme Millions,” which went on sale in April of 2015. Each features a top prize of $15 million. Three of the four $15 million prizes in “World Class Millions” have been claimed, while two of four such prizes have been claimed in “Supreme Millions.”

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT REACHES $415 MILLION
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Grand prize in Saturday night’s drawing is highest since world-record $1.586 billion jackpot on January 13

 

The Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, May 7 drawing is an estimated $415 million. The cash option on the prize is an estimated $269.7 million.

Last hit on March 2, this jackpot has been growing for 18 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner.  The $415 million jackpot is the game’s highest since the world-record setting $1.586 billion jackpot that was hit on January 13, 2016.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for Saturday’s drawing can be purchased until 9:50 p.m. at any Massachusetts Lottery retailer. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Mega Millions jackpot for the Friday, May 6 drawing is an estimated $138 million.

Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

“Cadillac Riches” Sweepstakes

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The Massachusetts State Lottery is giving Facebook users the chance to win a $100 cash prize in our “Cadillac Riches” Sweepstakes.

A total of twenty (20) prize winners shall be randomly selected, five (5) from each of the following four (4) Entry Periods.

  • Entry Period 1: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9 a.m.  – Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 2: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 9 a.m.  – Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 3: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 9 a.m.  – Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Entry Period 4: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9 a.m.  – Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

On the first day of each of the four Entry Periods listed above, at approximately 9 a.m., the Lottery shall create a post on its Facebook page about the Sweepstakes with a call to action to enter the Sweepstakes.  To enter, all you have to do is comment on the post as instructed in the post.  It’s that simple.  Limit one entry per person per Entry Period.  Entries shall close at 11:59 p.m. on the final day of each of the four Entry Periods.

For each of the Entry Period of the Sweepstakes, five winners shall be randomly selected by the Sponsor from all eligible entries received during that Entry Period.  Winners shall be selected the first business day following each Entry Period of the Sweepstakes Period.  Winners’ names shall be announced on the Lottery’s Facebook page and shall also be posted on this page.  Winners shall be notified by Facebook message from the Lottery within 48 hours of each winner selection.  Transfer of the prize is prohibited.

To claim their prizes, winners must go to the Lottery headquarters in Braintree or a regional office (Boston, New Bedford, Springfield, Woburn and Worcester) and complete a claim form.  All prizes must be claimed within thirty (30) days from the date won.  Prize checks will be mailed to the winners after the claim form has been submitted.  All applicable federal, state and local taxes, and expenses, costs or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

If you’re not already following the Lottery on Facebook, click here. to find us.

No purchase necessary to enter.  Must be 18 years or older to participate.  To view the Administrative Bulletin for this sweepstakes and see complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

The Lottery’s “Cadillac Riches Instant Ticket”offers instant prizes of up to $1,000,000 and a Second Chance to win a Cadillac vehicle.  The ticket is on sale now at Lottery retailers statewide.  For more information, click here.

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“Cadillac Riches” Sweepstakes $100 Winners

Date Winner
April 4-10, 2016 Bonnie Chapalonis, Athol
April 4-10, 2016 Lisa D’Amario, Agawam
April 4-10, 2016 Patricia Oleksak, Westfield
April 4-10, 2016 Jessica Poske, Worcester
April 4-10, 2016 John Streeter, Lee
April 11-17, 2016 Justin Desmarais, West Springfield
April 11-17, 2016 Frank Donovan, Stoughton
April 11-17, 2016 Jay Mantere, Billerica
April 11-17, 2016 Migdalia Poou, Lynn
April 11-17, 2016 Carolyn Young, West Yarmouth
April 18-24, 2016 June Dinsmore, Bradford
April 18-24, 2016 Grace McShane, Melrose
April 18-24, 2016 Susan Quevillon, Haverhill
April 18-24, 2016 Jim Rizzo, Somerville
April 18-24, 2016 Gloria Warchol, Greenfield
April 25-May 1, 2016 Michelle Blakeney-Couture, Rutland
April 25-May 1, 2016 Paul Bouffard, Worcester
April 25-May 1, 2016 Linda Davis Siess, Amesbury
April 25-May 1, 2016 Lisa (Dunham) Smith, Gardner
April 25-May 1, 2016 Ken Swords, Chicopee