Officials from Washington's Lottery announced another record-breaking year in sales today, ending the fiscal year on June 30 with total sales of more than $567 million – a 6 percent or $30 million increase over last fiscal year.
Increased sales mean Lottery retailers across the state benefit, too. This year, more than $36 million was earned by more than 3,700 Lottery retailers on both sides of the Cascades, many of which are local independent businesses.
With record sales, Washington's Lottery was able to contribute more than $133 million to the state and its beneficiaries. Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has contributed more than $3.2 billion to state programs.
The Lottery's primary beneficiary, the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, received more than $119 million in contributions in FY13. These dollars allow for the continued support of thousands of students across the state by making higher education more accessible and providing funding for early childhood education programs.
“For 31 years now, this agency has been able to provide support to some important state programs, while also introducing fun games and sparking peoples imagination,” said Bill Hanson, Director of Washington's Lottery. “We consider our work an investment in Washington state’s future, and our entire staff is proud to celebrate another banner year.”