BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Lottery has ended the fiscal year at it’s second best with nearly $581.3 million in revenue and were able to contribute $191.2 million to the state treasury for K-12 public education.

Scratch-offs were the top seller in the Louisiana Lottery game portfolio, producing $292.8 million, which is about half of the sales.

Over the past few years, the Lottery modified the scratch-off game structure by increasing prizes, adding higher price point games, and releasing new game types. This has caused net gains for the state.

“Sales dipped this fiscal year due to Hurricane Ida in September, players having more gaming options since casinos have opened to full capacity, as well as skyrocketing inflation and gas prices in recent months that impact consumer discretionary spending,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson. “Still, we are keeping things in perspective. When you compare our average weekly sales for 2022 at $11.2 million to 2019 at $10.1 million before the pandemic, they are running about $1.1 million better a week.”

“In addition to maximizing revenue for public education, our mission also involves operating with integrity and public trust,” noted Hudson. “Toward that end, I’m pleased to report we ended the year $1.3 million under budget for our general operating expenses with state transfers representing about a third of our total revenue; this makes Louisiana one of the most fiscally efficient lotteries in the nation.” 

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