The Lottery Industry

The Lottery IndustryThe Lottery Industry

Lotteries Around the World

Lotteries are a big business, used by governments worldwide to raise money for many purposes. There are publicly operated lotteries in over 100 countries and 200 jurisdictions worldwide.

2007 Worldwide online lottery sales: $166.0 billion

2007 Worldwide instant ticket sales: $58.3 billion

2007 online U.S. lottery sales: $23.1 billion

2007 U.S. instant ticket sales: $30.6 billion

Where does the state’s share of lottery sales go?

State governments choose where to invest the revenue from their lotteries

Several state lotteries are dedicated exclusively to education, among them Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio.

Many states add the lottery profits to their general funds: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Louisiana, and Rhode Island.

Many states split revenues between education, the general fund, and other purposes, including Arizona, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

During 2007:

  1. U.S. lottery sales totaled $53.7 billion ($US).
  2. Canadian sales reached $7.3 billion ($US).
  3. Annual Per capita sales were $189 ($US) in the U.S. and $221 ($US) in Canada

2007 World’s Largest Lotteries (in total retail sales in $U.S)

  1. Italy: Lottomatica S.p.A. $21.1 billion
  2. Spain: Loterias y Apuestas del Estado. $14.7 billion
  3. France: La Francaise des Jeux $13.7 billion
  4. United Kingdom: The National Lottery $9.6 billion
  5. Japan: Mizuho Bank Lottery Division $9.3 billion
  6. China: China Welfare Lottery $6.8 billion
  7. United States: New York Lottery $6.7 billion
  8. Greece: OPAP: $6.0 billion
  9. China: China Sports Lottery 5.3 billion
  10. United States: Massachusetts Lottery $4.6 billion

2007 Five Largest American Lotteries (in total retail sales in $U.S)

  1. New York $6.7 billion
  2. Massachusetts $4.6 billion
  3. 3. Florida $4.3 billion
  4. 4. Texas $3.8 billion
  5. 5. Georgia $3.6 billion

2007 Highest U.S. Annual Per Capita Sales

  1. Massachusetts $710
  2. D.C. $432
  3. Georgia $372
  4. New York $347
  5. Maryland $295

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