Saturday marked a big milestone for us here at the Education Lottery as total sales since games started on March 30, 2006 hit $25 billion.
That’s great for our state since those sales raise a lot of money for education programs here – more than $6.9 billion and counting.
Your lottery couldn’t have sales like this without your support. The fun of lottery games let players dream a little. As our sales grow, so does the money raised for education, and that money supports a lot of dreams too.
All that fun has produced some big numbers for you, too, along the way. Here’s a look:
- $15.3 billion in prizes for lottery players. Last year, the lottery averaged $5 million in prizes a day.
- Five Powerball and two Mega Millions jackpots.
- 563 prizes of $1 million or more
Much of those sales came from scratch-off tickets. We estimate that if you took all the scratch-off tickets sold so far they would stretched more than 343,600 miles. That’s a lot of scratching.
And if you’re one of our more than 7,000 retail partners, those sales added up to $1.7 billion in commissions. Thank you for your help.
So how long did it take to cross that milestone? Just 5,008 days.
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