Have you heard? We reached new heights with a record year-end transfer to education in the State of Ohio!
Lottery sales for Fiscal Year 2013 hit $2.8 billion, which includes a boost in revenue from two new video lottery terminal (VLT) facilities and the growth of KENO. Those sales translate into a record $803 million transfer to the Lottery Profits Education Fund, which supports K-12 public education in Ohio. It’s the highest year-end transfer to education in the history of the Ohio Lottery and it beats the previous record of $771 million set last fiscal year.
“We’re very proud of the profits we have generated this year in light of the competition for the gaming dollar with the opening of four new full-scale casinos and the proliferation of sweepstakes parlors. We will continue to offer new games at a variety of price points for our players,” Director Dennis Berg said.
We’ve had a year full of new enhancements, including two new racinos operating under our Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) program. Scioto Downs Racino in Columbus opened last June, and ThistleDown Racino in North Randall opened in April. Two more racinos will open by the end of 2013, and three more will follow in 2014.
The popularity of the KENO game continues to grow with $250 million in sales, a 20% increase over last fiscal year.
We keep finding new ways to reach our customers. Last January we launched a new mobile app so our players could connect with us on the go, and in May the app was updated to include a scanner to check online game tickets. You can also find a retailer, watch KENO drawings and get winning numbers!
Our sales don’t happen without our customers, so thank you for helping us contribute to the Lottery Profits Education Fund!