Despite Competition From Casinos, Pennsylvania Lottery Sets Sales Record

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Folks who were worried that casinos might threaten the Pennsylvania Lottery can apparently rest easy. The Lottery set a sales record for the fiscal year that just ended.

Possible damage to the Pennsylvania Lottery was the source of much hand-wringing when legalizing casinos was being debated. But with ten casinos operating and offering both slots and table games in fiscal year 2010-’11, the Lottery scored a record $3.2 billion in sales, an increase of 4.6% over the previous fiscal year. The overall sales record was fueled by a whopping 10% increase in instant games.

Elizabeth Brassell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue, says, “Table games, slots – those are something the Lottery has kept its eye on for the last few years. But I think that this sales record sort of emphasizes the fact that there are market forces that are far more significant.”

“It was a great year for us for a number of reasons, not only the sales record. We also put significantly more dollars to the bottom line to net profit for senior programs: about $45 million dollars over last year. That’s about 4.9% more.”

The just-ended fiscal year was also the second highest ever in terms of the profit generated by the Lottery to fund senior citizen programs.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo

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  • Don

    Has anything concerning money in this country been on the level.All forms of Government has deep pockets.

  • Don't Worry

    Street and his Goons are stealing all the money. So much corruption and theft in PA

  • mike

    Thats always been one of my questions as well.

    We were told that property taxes would go down once the slots were brought in. I’m paying more in property taxes now then before . And now most casinos here have table gamesd as well. I’m also paying much higher school taxes. I never had any kids…

    The old people are still suffering , and no one can answer our questions ?

    who exactly is being helped by all this money ?

    Just for the record, I am not one of the old . I’m 43

  • Jack

    I had the same thought Posoh. I have elderly parents and for the life of me cannot think of one benefit they recieve from the millions being raked in. Can anyone reading this let us know where this money is going?

  • Posoh


    Yet nobody I can think of seems to be benefiting from this influx of cash. Schools are strapped, jobs are being lost.

    Just where is this money going. I mean really, not just the tired old story we are given?

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