Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery, James Carey Jr, has thanked players and staff for the lottery’s ‘achievements’ in FY22, as the organisation posted a near-record $3.63bn in ticket sales.
Publishing its full-year accounts for FY22, the lottery noted that current sales figures were narrowly down from the record $3.68bn accrued in FY21.
For the year ensign June 30, the lottery contributed $1.07bn in profits towards the state employee pension fund, however, it noted that it expects this figure to rise once the financial audit is completed later this year.
Carey Jr commented: “I’m happy with the Lottery’s achievements this year. As always, our partners and retailers have worked hard, adjusting to all changes when presented. I thank our players for their continued loyalty and engagement.
“And I also thank our incredible team for being dedicated and dependable through unexpected seasons, while also maintaining the integrity of the games.”
Breaking down the sales, scratch-off games reached sales of $2bn, surpassing the landmark figure for the second consecutive year. This, the lottery claims, is due to its ‘diverse portfolio that provides ticket offerings for every budget’.
The player favourite was the $5 Big Spin game, allowing prize winners to attend an event to spin a big wheel determining a grand prize amount. Furthermore, Pick-6 with Double Play has sales of $62.8m and benefited from game changes which boosted sales by 11%.
Plus, Powerball added a third weekly draw, taking sales to $241, up 37.5% YoY.
“As the public face of the Lottery, their contribution is vital to the continued success of the Lottery,” added Carey.