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N.J. Lottery breaks all-time sales record during pandemic

By Ashley Gallagher, July 21 2021 5:37 pm

The New Jersey Lottery Commission has announced a record $3.68 billion dollar in sales, a 14.6% increase from 2020’s fiscal year and the highest in lottery history.

As the end of the fiscal year, ending on June 30, the unaudited results have been posted and are expected to increate when it is complete.

The high sales were a result of many factors, said Lottery Executive Director James Carey Jr., but it was mainly boosted by the pandemic because lottery offered a convenient and inexpensive form of entertainment people could buy while stocking up on essentials.

“I am proud of the Lottery’s achievements this year. The circumstances were extraordinarily difficult for all of us and I want to thank all of those who assisted us during the challenging year. Our retailers and other partners have worked hard and maintained operations under difficult circumstances. I thank our players for their continued loyalty. And I also thank our valued team for being hardworking, dependable and dedicated, all the while ensuring the integrity of the games,” said Carey said. “The New Jersey Lottery continued to operate during the pandemic and conducted sales and drawings every single day. We could only do that because of the commitment of our employees, partners and retailers.”

Scratch-Off sales exceeded $2 billion for the first time ever and Pick-3 and Pick-5 had a combined approximate sale 10% up from last year at $743 million. Jersey Cash 5 boosted sales by 35% this year while Mega Millions sales reached $213 million and Powerball at $175, with a peak of a billion dollar Mega Million jackpot.

Players were won, in total, roughly $2 billion dollars on all lottery games total.

Carey also announced an incentive payment to the State’s sales and marketing vendor, Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group. The amount will not be announced until the report is audited.

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