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Record Sales Yield Record Year End Transfers

CLEVELAND – The Ohio Lottery is proud to announce a record sales year and a record year end transfer to education in the State of Ohio. Traditional lottery sales for Fiscal Year 2012 hit $2.73 billion, surpassing the previous year’s sales by $133 million. This marks the 11th consecutive year of increased sales at the Lottery.
The Ohio Lottery transferred a record $771 million to the Lottery Profits Education Fund (LPEF), the highest year end transfer to education in the history of the Ohio Lottery Commission. The previous record transfer of $748.8 million was set in 1997.

Ohio Lottery Director Dennis Berg said the Lottery’s success is in the accessibility and variety of games it offers to players. Additionally, the Lottery benefitted from the world record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March.

“I am very proud of our sales growth this year. Our instant ticket sales account for half of all Lottery sales, and we continue to offer a variety of games at different price points to appeal to all players,” Berg said.

The popularity of KENO continues to grow, illustrated by the addition of new KENO retailers weekly. In April the Lottery started selling Keno to go at all Ohio Lottery retailers, in which players can watch the drawings on demand at the Ohio Lottery website.

One hundred percent of Lottery profits generated support public education K-12 in Ohio.

Sales figures are unaudited and do not include video lottery terminal sales.

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