Scientific Games has lauded the Pennsylvania Lottery on its record sales of $4.2bn in fiscal year 2017-18, driven by a record $2.8bn in instant Scratch-Off game sales, investment in technology innovation and new game entertainment products. The Lottery also awarded a record $2.7bn in prizes to winners.
More than 9,300 Pennsylvania Lottery retailers, many small and family-owned businesses, earned $224.1m in sales commissions, up $12.7m from the previous year. Fiscal year 2017-18 marked the seventh consecutive year the Lottery generated more than $1bn in profits for senior citizen programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“Scientific Games has a long history of investing in innovative games, technology and services that maximize lottery funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians. We are proud that our partnership with the Pennsylvania Lottery has resulted in one of the highest performing lotteries in the world,” said Pat McHugh, senior vice president, global lottery systems for SG.
Pennsylvania Lottery executive director Drew Svitko commented: “We are very grateful for the support of our business partner Scientific Games over the last decade, from highly successful instant games, to the technology innovation the company invested in to help us modernise with our popular mobile app and convenient new point-of sale programmes like cashless lottery payments and player self-service machines.”
He said it was important to note that the company quickly brought Keno and iLottery online/mobile games to market near the end of the fiscal year, which contributed to the Lottery’s success. The first full fiscal year of sales for new Fast Play games exceeded estimates. Along with Virtual Sports (coming summer 2018), the launch of these new products is part of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s strategic plan to offer new game entertainment that will continue to grow revenue to benefit older Pennsylvanians.