LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT)- For the first time in the lottery's 28-year history, sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets have exceeded a billion dollars in a single fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Overall lottery sales for the fiscal year were $1,000,501,000. This is the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history, surpassing the 2016 record by $3.2 million.
Scratch-off tickets were the largest individual game category, reporting a $6.5 million increase from the previous year. Lottery officials say this was led in large part due to the successful launch of Kentucky's first oversized scratch-off ticket, called "Big Money". The $10 ticket was sold out in less than three weeks.
The game with the largest percent increase was Keno, rising 15 percent.
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 percent," Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie said. "Despite the $22.3 million decline in sales for just this game, the fact that we broke the billion threshold is remarkable."
The lottery also recorded transfers to the Commonwealth at a remarkable level, with an increase of $2.5 million.