NJ Lottery breaks all-time sales record during pandemic
The New Jersey Lottery Commission announced record revenue of $ 3.68 billion, an increase of 14.6% from fiscal 2020 and the highest in lottery history.
At the end of the fiscal year, ending June 30, the unaudited results have been posted and should be incremented when completed.
The high sales were the result of many factors, said Lottery Executive Director James Carey Jr., but they were mainly driven by the pandemic as the lottery provided a convenient and inexpensive form of entertainment that people could purchase. while stocking up on basic necessities.
“I am proud of the Lottery achievements this year. The circumstances have been extraordinarily difficult for all of us and I want to thank everyone who has helped us through this difficult year. Our retailers and other partners have worked hard and maintained their business under difficult circumstances. I thank our players for their continued loyalty. And I also thank our precious team for being hardworking, reliable and dedicated, while ensuring the integrity of the games, ”said Carey. “The New Jersey Lottery continued to operate during the pandemic and had sales and raffles every day. We were only able to do this thanks to the commitment of our employees, partners and retailers. “
Scratch sales topped $ 2 billion for the very first time, and Pick-3 and Pick-5 saw combined sales of around 10% more than last year at $ 743 million. Jersey Cash 5 has increased sales by 35% this year, while sales of Mega Millions to $ 213 million and Powerball to $ 175, with a peak of the $ 1 billion Mega Million jackpot.
Players have won, in total, approximately $ 2 billion on all lottery games in total.
Carey also announced an incentive payment to the state’s sales and marketing provider, Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group. The amount will not be announced until the report has been audited.