Massachusetts Lottery Sales Down YOY In April

Written By Julie Walker on June 6, 2022
Massachusetts lottery sales were down in April compared to April 2021

Massachusetts Lottery sales were down in April compared with April 2021.

Unadjusted sales dropped $25.9 million year over year, according to a report released after the Massachusetts Lottery Commission’s monthly meeting May 31. When factoring in the drop in sales and a $9.8 million, multistate Mega Millions and Powerball settlement, there was an estimated $27.4 million decrease in net profit for April.

Efforts to bring online lottery play to the state have been unsuccessful. The Massachusetts Lottery app is mostly an informational tool. A continued loss in sales could inspire more action to widen the state’s offerings by adding online play.

Adjusting for calendar shifts

A seven-day average net profit figure of $21.5 million was added to the estimated net profit of $85.8 million in April because a calendar shift resulted in seven fewer days being included for April 2022’s profit. With the extra week added, the total estimated profit for April was $107.3 million. The net profit in April 2021 was $134.7 million. The result is an estimated loss of $27.4 million in net profits YOY.

The YOY estimated prize payout rose 3.06% to 74.29% in April 2022 from 71.23% in April 2021.

Breaking down April sales numbers

Sales for Powerball, Lucky for Life, Keno, Megabucks Doubler and All or Nothing tickets were up compared with April 2021 numbers:

  • All or Nothing up by $11,421
  • Keno up by $1.3 million
  • Megabucks Doubler up by $720,605
  • Lucky for Life up by $1.5 million

A high jackpot of $473.1 million compared with a $116.9 million jackpot in April 2021 resulted in a $7.2 million increase in Powerball sales.

On the flip side, sales on some games were down:

  • Instant tickets down $29.2 million
  • Mega Millions down $3.6 million
  • Numbers Game down $2.9 million
  • Mass Cash down $831,159

Sales have been down all year

Every month in 2022 has shown decreases in YOY net sales.

In January, the overall unadjusted sales total dropped $84.3 million from the previous year. January’s prize payout rose 3.79% compared with 2021. February’s sales total dropped $3.6 million YOY. March sales were down $19.7 million YOY.

The most-recent increase in YOY sales happened in December, when unadjusted totals were up $50.7 million.

Instant tickets and Keno make up bulk of sales

Instant tickets made up 67.3% of the state’s lottery sales for a total of $313.3 million. Keno sales totaled $96.2 million and made up 20.7 % of total lottery sales in April. Instant ticket sales were $342.4 million in April 2021, accounting for 69.7 % of the total monthly lottery sales. April 2021 Keno sales were $94.9 million and 19.3%.

The Massachusetts Lottery celebrated its 50th anniversary April 6. More than $30 billion has gone to the state over those 50 years, and $96 billion in prizes has been awarded.

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Julie Walker has written, edited and designed words at five Michigan newspapers and websites. She’s worked on two sports desks, including at The Oakland Press and most recently at The Detroit News. Julie has contributed to stories on many big sports moments, from the NFL’s 100th season to Super Bowls to Justin Verlander’s trade to the closing of the Palace of Auburn Hills. Julie loves lakes, bonfires, Dachshunds, coaching Little League and carrying on her Dad’s fantasy football legacy that he started in 1987 — before there was an app for that.

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