Lottery Generates Nearly $1.3 Billion for California Schools in Fiscal Year 2012-2013
Total Sales Rise by Nearly $75 Million Over Previous Fiscal Year
SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery maintained its status as one of the fastest growing lotteries in the United States in Fiscal Year 2012-2013, as it increased sales by nearly $75 million over its last fiscal year and provided nearly $1.3 billion to California schools.
In a year marked largely by the absence of the large jackpots (only nine jackpots of $100 million or more compared to the previous six years when the average was 21) we enjoyed in Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Lottery sales were driven mainly by increased Scratchers® sales and the addition of the multi-state POWERBALL® game in April 2013. In total, the Lottery generated $4.45 billion in total sales and sent $1.28 billion in supplemental funding to California public schools.
Once again, Scratchers sales were the driving force behind the Lottery’s record sales year, accounting for more than $3 billion in ticket sales. In addition, the April launch of POWERBALL in California generated some record ticket sales over the final two months of the fiscal year, as players lined up to buy a product they’d been waiting years to purchase.
Hot Spot® and the Lottery’s Daily Games category also saw increased sales in the past fiscal year.
In the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year, the Lottery hopes to continue to grow sales by:
1) Adding 1,600 new retailers to our current statewide total of more than 21,000;
2) Offering our players the first ever $20 Scratchers game, $5 Million Jackpot;
3) Unveiling a new 2nd Chance Program later this month, which will include a 2nd Chance component for SuperLotto Plus® starting in November; and,
4) Offering more fun and exciting social media and live promotions at locations across the state.
“It’s been a great year for the California Lottery, and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to achieve for California schools,” Acting Lottery Director Paula LaBrie said. “However, we have an ambitious agenda for this fiscal year, and I’m confident we can do even better for California’s schools.”
The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.