Arizona Lottery sets new record for sales

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Lottery enjoyed a record-setting fiscal year in 2012.

The Lottery brought in $646.7 million in sales, which is a 10.8 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. It’s also the highest sales total in the Arizona Lottery’s 30-year history.

The state of Arizona received $165 million in profits from the lottery, which is $18 million more than the state received last fiscal year.

The state’s profits are used to support education, environmental issues, business development, and a variety of other programs.

Lottery retailers also enjoyed a strong fiscal year in 2012, earning a record $43.7 million in commissions.

“We are proud to report record-breaking sales during our 30th anniversary year,” said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. “Generating nearly $165 million to support important state programs that directly enrich the lives of Arizona residents is a testament to the Lottery’s commitment, motivation and ability to provide new, interesting games players enjoy.”

Hatch-Miller says Lottery fans can look forward to the introduction of several new games in the future.

“I know these new games will be very attractive to both new and existing players. This past year was a record setter, and I fully expect the Lottery will produce sound financial results in the coming year, too,” he added.