The Ohio Lottery Economic Impacts

Economic Impacts

  • The Lottery transferred $904.3 million in Fiscal Year 2014, from the sale of online and instant tickets, in addition to our VLT “racino” facilities, to the Lottery Profits Education Fund for use by primary and secondary schools in Ohio.
  • The Lottery has provided nearly $21 billion in cumulative profits to the State of Ohio since inception.
  • The Lottery distributed nearly $1.7 billion in prizes to holders of winning tickets, the majority whom reside in Ohio.
  • More than 9,500 retailers sell lottery products made up of a variety chain retailers and independent stores. Lottery retailers selling lottery products received $169.9 million in bonuses and commissions in Fiscal Year 2014.
  • Retailer floor traffic increases as a direct result of lottery sales. The Lottery helps draw customers into retail establishments.
  • For Fiscal Year 2015, the Lottery’s operating budget is approximately $150 million, which provides for a variety of goods and services that are procured from vendors here in the state of Ohio.
  • The Lottery employs nearly 350 Ohioans throughout the state.
  • The Lottery’s major vendor, Intralot, operates out of another facility located in the state where in addition to operating the Ohio Lottery, it houses data-processing information for five other state lotteries.
  • The Lottery purchases Multi Game Vending Machines from our vendor that are assemble in the state of Ohio.
  • The Lottery contracts with Ohio-based advertising firms for radio, television, production, media placement, billboards and other marketing related services.
  • Additional staff are employed by companies such as: Northlich Advertising, Marcus Thomas Advertising, WEWS, Mills James, and Hooven-Dayton strictly due to the Lottery’s existence.
  • The Lottery and vendor employees have a significant effect on spin-off jobs of local businesses, restaurants, etc.
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