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Massachusetts Lottery
Phone: (781) 849-5555
Fax: (781) 849-5509
Population: 6,593,587
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division .
Executive Director: Mike Sweeney
Year Lottery Founded: March 1972
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2016:
Prizes Paid to Players: $3,641,351,000
Transfers to Beneficiaries: $985,879,000
Sales Per Capita: $699
Number of Employees: 406
Number of Retailers: 8,364
On-line Vendor: In House
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
October 3, 2012 October 3, 2015
Secoundary Instant Ticket Contract: Pollard Banknote
October 3, 2012 October 3, 2015
October 3, 2012 October 3, 2015
Advertising Contract: Connelly Partners
October 3, 2012 10/3/2015
ITVMs Int'l Products of America
Games Offered: Mega Millions, Powerball, Mega Bucks Doubler, Cash Winfall, Scratch Tickets, Numbers Game, Mass Cash, Daily Race Game, Keno.
Beneficiaries: Approximately 22% goes to cities & towns, compulsive gambling, arts council and the states general fund.
Jurisdiction: State of Massachusetts USA

Background Information

The Massachusetts State Lottery was established by the legislature in 1971 in response to the need for revenues for the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth. Sales began on March 22, 1972, with a weekly passive game simply called The Game. The first drawing was held on April 6.
Two years later, the Lottery introduced the industry’s first instant scratch ticket with a game called, not surprisingly, The Instant Game. The revolutionary new product transformed the entire lottery industry.
The weekly and instant games were sold side by side until 1976, when they were joined by the Daily Numbers Game, the Lottery’s first regular draw game. A short-lived lotto game, the first of its kind in the country, debuted in 1978, but was pulled after 13 weeks due to sluggish sales and low jackpots. The advent of a computerized system in 1981 changed everything, and a new lotto, Megabucks, was launched in 1982; a version of the game is still in the product mix today.
Currently, the Massachusetts Lottery draw game lineup includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks Doubler, Daily Numbers, Mass Cash and the New England regional game Lucky for Life. Also part of the mix are pulltabs and the monitor games Keno and Daily Race Game. But the Lottery is known for its highly successful instant games, which have set the bar for the entire industry.
Proceeds from the Lottery are allocated to the cities and towns of the Commonwealth – the Lottery is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid.

News Archive for CY2018
September 17, 2018 Lottery Chief Answers Criticism of Move of Headquarters from Braintree
September 12, 2018 Massachusetts State Lottery Returns $997 Million in Net Profit for the Commonwealth
August 29, 2018 Massachusetts Lottery on Hunt for New Offices but Treasurer Candidate Slams Decision to Leave Braintree
August 29, 2018 Massachusetts Lottery Sales Up But Profits Down
July 24, 2018 Massachusetts State Lottery Produces Estimated $986 Million-Plus in Net Profit for the Commonwealth
June 13, 2018 Treasurer Warns Competition Could Make State Lottery ‘IRRELEVANT’
May 11, 2018 Lottery Winners in Massachusetts are Increasingly Using Trusts to Remain Anonymous
April 24, 2018 Massachusetts Lottery Profits Down 8 Percent
March 24, 2018 Massachusetts Lottery Panel to Vote on Moving Headquarters to Dorchester
January 10, 2018 Research Update: UMass Amherst Team Reports Gambling Research Results to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

News Archive for CY2017
December 7, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Profits Will Likely Dip Below the Magic $1 Billion Mark in the Near Future: State Treasurer
November 24, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Hosting Holiday Toy Drive at Regional Offices across State
October 25, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Sales Up in September
September 27, 2017 Powerball Jackpot Lifts Mass Lottery Sales
September 19, 2017 Lottery Retailers Concerned Online Sales Will Decimate Foot Traffic
August 26, 2017 Historic Powerball Prize Renews Focus on State Lottery’s Future
August 9, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Suspends Licenses Following Investigation Into Winning Ticket Cashing
August 1, 2017 Lower Sales and Prize Payouts, But Lottery Reports Record Profit
July 31, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Produces Over $1B in Net Profit for First Time in 45 Years
June 27, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Chief Granted 8 Percent, Retroactive Pay Increase
April 25, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Report Sales Down, Profit Up in March
March 28, 2017 How Legal Online Gambling Could Impact the Massachusetts Lottery
February 28, 2017 Braintree Officials Want to Keep Lottery HQ in Town
February 28, 2017 Massachusetts Lottery Net Profits Up Despite Lower Sales
February 9, 2017 Legislation Threatens Millions in Future Local Aid from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund
January 12, 2017 Online Lottery Proponents Renew Their Push

News Archive for CY2016
December 20, 2016 Massachusetts Lottery Concerned with Drop in Scratch Ticket Sales
December 18, 2016 Swiping Fees Would Reduce Agent’s Revenue from Cashless Lottery Sales
November 8, 2016 State Treasurer Files Bill That Would Authorize the Massachusetts State Lottery to Offer Games over the Internet Through Smartphones
November 2, 2016 Massachusetts Treasurer Files ‘iLottery’ Bill with State Legislature
October 24, 2016 Pollard Banknote Receives Extension on Instant Game Contract From Massachusetts State Lottery
October 5, 2016 Massachusetts Treasurer Renews Push for Online Lottery Games
August 31, 2016 Monitor Games Hot as Instant-Ticket Sales Dip
August 5, 2016 Online Lottery Backers to Try Again
August 1, 2016 Fantasy Sports Legalization Passes Massachusetts State House
August 1, 2016 Online Lottery Sales Not Approved by State Lawmakers
July 22, 2016 State Lottery Accused of Significantly Inflating Its Claims About the Chances of Winning
July 20, 2016 Online Ticket Sales; A Step Into the Unknown for the State Lottery
July 18, 2016 Massachusetts Lottery Nets Record-Setting Profits For Second Consecutive Year
July 17, 2016 New Hampshire Fears for Lottery Revenue if Massachusetts Adopts Online Sales
July 15, 2016 Senate Approves Online Lottery Sales
July 15, 2016 Massachusetts Lottery to Launch New Monitor Game
July 12, 2016 Call for Lawmakers to Legislate Online Games as a Way to Attract Younger Players
June 27, 2016 Gaming Commission Issues A Request for Public Comment: Draft Regulation Amendments Pertaining to Credit Card Cash Advances in Gaming Establishments
June 18, 2016 Massachusetts Lawmakers Promote Bill to Sell Lottery Tickets Online
June 4, 2016 Convenience Store Owners Say No to Online Lottery
May 31, 2016 Budget Amendment to Begin the Process of Making Lottery Products Available Online Withdrawn
May 31, 2016 Massachusetts Lottery Sales Up 4.8 Percent Year-to-Date
May 24, 2016 Massachusetts Senate Weighing Plan to Give Lottery 'broad Mandate' for Online Games
March 31, 2016 Lottery Receives Overwhelming Response to RFI for Bringing Games Online
March 30, 2016 Massachusetts Lottery Revenue Beating Projections
February 23, 2016 Massachusetts Lottery Sales Up 6 Percent

News Archive for CY2015
December 29, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Commission Issues RFI for Potential iLottery Systems and/or Software……….
December 16, 2015 Treasury Forecast Two Percent Lottery Revenue Growth Next Year
November 28, 2015 Former Treasurer Says Fantasy Sports Will Have 'Serious Impact' on Lottery Sales
November 28, 2015 More Lottery Winners Using Trusts to Accept Prizes Anonymously
November 7, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Discuss Plans for Developing a Daily Fantasy Sports Day
November 3, 2015 Lottery Looks to Compete with Fantasy Sports
November 2, 2015 Treasurer Names Michael Sweeney Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lottery Commission
October 8, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Exploring Fantasy Sports Options
October 6, 2015 Treasurer Suggests its Time for the Lottery to Get in the Game
September 30, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Set Records for Net Profit and Sales in FY15
September 29, 2015 Proposed Changes to Tax Codes for Charitable Gaming on Hold for Further Consideration
September 22, 2015 Fantasy Football Sites Not Impacting Lottery as Yet
September 16, 2015 Lottery Listens to Retailer Concerns
August 19, 2015 Pollard Banknote Receives One-Year Extension On Instant Game Contract With Massachusetts State Lottery
July 29, 2015 A commissioner and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are Stepping Down
July 15, 2015 Higher Priced Scratch Ticket Boosting Lottery Sales Figures
July 14, 2015 Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Fourth Consecutive Year
June 30, 2015 Record Sales for State Lottery
April 28, 2015 Massachusetts State Lottery Release New $30 Scratch Ticket
April 8, 2015 Massachusetts State Lottery Beth A. Bresnahan Steps Down
March 25, 2015 New Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket from Mass. State Lottery Offers Unprecedented All Access Garden Party Pass Prize
February 25, 2015 Lottery to Retire Obsolete Selling Terminals
December 30, 2014 Instant Lottery Tickets See Sales Surge Over Holiday Period


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