Record-Setting Mega Millions Jackpot Delivers More than $70.6 Million to New York

January 24, 2023 | Lottery Sales

New York’s Lottery sales for run generate $60.3 million in aid to education; $10.3 million for retailers

NEW YORK (January 23, 2023) — Even though the record-setting $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won in Maine, ticket sales leading up to the January 13, 2023 draw generated more than $70.6 million combined for New York’s public schools and Lottery retailers.

The Mega Millions jackpot began rolling to its record amount in October 2022, resulting in 26 drawings held until it was won this month.  In New York State, Mega Millions ticket sales totaled $172.4 million during the run. All of New York’s profits from the sales are constitutionally dedicated to New York’s K-12 public schools, totaling $60.3 million. Commissions on Mega Millions sales paid to retailers across the state totaled $10.3 million.

“As the numbers show, the New York Lottery provides entertainment for millions of responsible New Yorkers and delivers real money for public schools and small businesses across the state,” said New York State Gaming Commission Chairman Brian O’Dwyer. “The Gaming Commission remains committed to supporting the Lottery’s goal of generating revenue for schools and retailers.”

The January 13 prize was the third multistate jackpot to climb beyond $1 billion in the last year.

  • On November 7, 2022, a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot was won in California after 41 drawings. New York Lottery sales totaled $244.5 million, Aid to Education totaled $85.6 million and retailer commissions totaled $14.7 million
  • On July 29, a $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won in Illinois after 30 drawings. New York Lottery sales totaled $126.6 million, Aid to Education totaled $44.3 million and retailer commissions totaled $7.6 million.

Multiple New Yorkers won prizes during the Mega Millions roll-up between October and January 13:

  • 12-second prize winners totaling $12 million
  • 1-second prize Megaplier winner totaling $3 million
  • Lower-tier prizes totaling more than $10.5 million

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.6 billion in Lottery Aid to Education for FY2021-2022 to help support education in New York State.

The New York Lottery is committed to providing players with a range of fun, entertaining games in a socially responsible manner. Those seeking help can visit or call New York State’s confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (467369). Standard text rates may apply.

SOURCE: NYS Gaming Commission Communications.

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