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Ohio Lottery Sets New Profit Record

Popularity of KENO and VLT facilities give sales a boost, generating $803 million profit

(CLEVELAND
) – The Ohio Lottery reached new heights with a record year-end transfer to education in the State of Ohio. Lottery sales for Fiscal Year 2013 hit $2.8 billion, which includes a boost in revenue from two new video lottery terminal (VLT) facilities.

The Ohio Lottery transferred a record $803 million to the Lottery Profits Education Fund, which supports K-12 public education in Ohio. This is the highest year-end transfer to education in the history of the Ohio Lottery. The previous record transfer of $771 million was set last fiscal year.

The past year has been full of new enhancements at the Ohio Lottery. The Ohio Lottery Commission is overseeing the new VLT program under which facilities have opened at Scioto Downs Racino in Columbus and ThistleDown Racino in North Randall.  Two more racinos will open by the end of 2013, and three more will follow in 2014.

“We’re very proud of the profits we have generated this year in light of the competition for the gaming dollar with the opening of four new full-scale casinos and the proliferation of sweepstakes parlors. We will continue to offer new games at a variety of price points for our players,” Director Dennis Berg said.

The popularity of the lottery’s KENO game continues to grow with $250 million in sales, a 20% increase over last fiscal year. The Ohio Lottery launched a mobile app in January allowing customers to connect to the lottery on the go. The app allows customers to check their tickets, find a retailer and watch KENO drawings on demand.

Sales figures are unaudited.
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