More Than $130 million Contributed to Important State Beneficiaries Per Unaudited Results
OLYMPIA: Officials from Washington's Lottery announced another record-breaking year in sales, 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. With record sales, Washington's Lottery was also 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 efforts in supporting the needs of thousands of students across the state by making higher education more accessible and providing much-needed funding for early childhood education programs. The State Need Grant, just one of the programs supported by the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, was able to provide higher education scholarships to over 19,000 students with funds from the lottery. (http://www.wsac.wa.gov/PayingForCollege/FinancialAidPrograms)
"Washington’s Lottery provides important revenue for our state that helps us do good things for Washingtonians," said Gov. Jay Inslee. "I look forward to working with the Lottery staff to continue the program’s support of important programs and to build on this year’s successes."
"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."
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.
Additional Lottery contributions allowed the state to fulfill a Stadium Debt Payment of approximately $10.4 million to CenturyLink Field and Event Center, representing a four percent increase over last year.
This banner year is due in part to a focus on increasing player engagement. Two big Powerball jackpots and refocused Scratch marketing during the last year brought in new and infrequent players, but the Lottery's Jackpot Awareness Program and the Department of Imagination #ifiwon tactic encouraged Washingtonians to think differently about the Lottery and to imagine bigger.
To kick off the new fiscal year Washington’s Lottery has a fun promotion to engage pet owners. Cat’s vs. Dog’s allows Washingtonian’s a chance of finding their cat or dog on a Scratch ticket later this year. See walottery.com/catsdogs for details
For more information on Washington's Lottery and its state contributions, visit the Beneficiary tab at www.facebook.com/walottery.
(Curator on behalf of Washington's Lottery)
Office: (206) 454-3703
Cell: (206) 226-5237
(Communications, Washington’s Lottery)
Office: (360) 664-4808
Cell: (360) 391-1232