Lottery sales start first two months ahead of last year’s record

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Lottery sales continue on pace to top last year’s record numbers, the Kentucky Lottery board of directors was told during its meeting Friday..

Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison reported total sales for the month of August were $115.4 Million, which is $30.3 million (35.7%) more than last year and $12.7 million (12.3%) more than budgeted.

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Strong Scratch-off sales helped lead the increase, finishing the month at $19.5 million (38.1%) more than last year and $9.0 million (14.6%) more than budgeted.

“iLottery instant play sales in August were the second-highest monthly sales in our history for the platform,” said Garrison.

The $5.7 million in iLottery sales were $4.3 million (298.0%) more than last year and $1.2 million (27.4%) more than budgeted.

For the first two months of FY21, total sales were $239.8 million, a $69.5 million (40.8%) more than last year and $32.7 million (15.8%) more than budgeted.

The meeting was the first for Mary Harville in her new role as CEO. Her new role was confirmed Thursday ad she was introduced by Gov. Andy Beshear.

“It was clear to me when I was in Frankfort yesterday that we’re an organization respected for its integrity,” said Harville. “The hundreds of millions of dollars we raise for Kentucky college students is appreciated, we’re firing on all cylinders and have a great team in place.”

“We’re so proud to have one of our own at the helm, and this continuity will only help keep our momentum growing,” said Board Chair Mark Sommer.

Since 2004, Harville has served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Lottery. She is the sixth president and CEO of the organization, and the first woman to hold the position.

In other business, the board approved the renewal of a contract with Barker and Hebert Analytical Labs Inc. for lottery ticket testing and related services, and rules and regulations for five Scratch-off tickets and five Instant Play games.