Arizona Lottery has announced that its FY2021 sales have surpassed previous records held by the lottery, making it the third consecutive record-breaking year for the corporation.
Sales for the state lottery reached $1.44bn, up 31% from FY2020 results, and generating nearly $97m in retailer commissions across the Grand Canyon State.
The lottery paid out prizes to winners totalling $977m and recorded a profit of $260m for the year.
As per state legislation, the profits of the lottery will be transferred to the state, helping worthy causes in the community. The Arizona Lottery confirmed that funds will go towards building and improving the infrastructure across the state, such as universities, hospitals and transport stations.
“The Arizona Lottery and our entire network of valued retailers are grateful to our players who are helping to do so much good in our great state by enjoying our games,” Executive Director Gregg Edgar said.
“The more than a quarter billion dollars that they’ve returned to over a dozen vital programs and services this year are educating Arizonans, housing the homeless, creating jobs, protecting our iconic wildlife and landscapes, and advocating for innocent children who find themselves caught up in the court system.”