HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Lottery is reporting record highs in revenue and profits, after concerns that it was slumping spurred lawmakers to expand its offerings to the internet and bars.
The agency said Thursday it recorded $4.5 billion in sales in the 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase of 7%. Profits were $1.14 billion, an increase of 4.5%.READ MORE: Homewood Youth Football Team Returns To Field After $10,000 Worth Of Equipment Was Stolen From Storage
It paid out $2.9 billion in prizes.
The lottery’s profits go to services for the elderly.READ MORE: Police: Juvenile Shot In The Leg In Sheraden
Gov. Tom Wolf and lawmakers expanded the lottery’s offerings in late 2017 after year-over-year sales shrank, adding online games and monitor games played in bars.
The lottery says iLottery games played on a computer, tablet or mobile device sold $381 million, while 91,000 players created online accounts. Keno and virtual sports games totaled almost $47 million in sales.MORE NEWS: Juneteenth 2021: List Of Events In The Pittsburgh Area
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