LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets have exceeded $1 billion in a single fiscal year.
It's the first time sales have a billion dollars in a single fiscal year since the Kentucky Lottery started 28 years ago.
According to a news release from lottery officials, overall lottery sales were $1,000,501,000 for the fiscal year that ended June 30. It's the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, and surpasses last year’s record-breaking number by $3.2 million.
Scratch-off tickets led sales in the individual game category, finishing the year at $603.8 million.
Daily draw games continued to perform strongly, as Pick 3 sales rose to $145.3 million (up 4.1%), Pick 4 sales rose to $44.6 million (up 4.7%), and Cash Ball 225 sales rose to $10.4 million (up 6.8%).
Powerball sales dropped significantly from the previous year.
"Without anything even remotely close to the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot we saw in January 2016, sales for that game were down 23.6%," said the Lottery’s President and CEO Tom Delacenserie.
"Despite the $22.3 million decline in sales for just this game, the fact that we not only broke our all-time sales record but also the billion threshold is remarkable."
Transfers to the Commonwealth were also at a record level - $251.6 million, an increase of $2.5 million.
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