The recent Mega Millions of $1.35 billion dollars may have been won by a person in Maine, but ticket sales before the January 13th drawing brought in more than $70.6 million dollars for New York public schools and retailers across the state.
The profits from the New York lottery ticket sales are directed to the New York K-12 public schools, a total of $60.3 million dollars. Commissions on Mega Millions sales to retailers totaled $10.3 million dollars.
“As the numbers show, the New York Lottery provides entertainment for millions of responsible New Yorkers and delivers real money for public schools and small businesses across the state,” said New York State Gaming Commission Chairman Brian O’Dwyer. “The Gaming Commission remains committed to supporting the Lottery’s goal of generating revenue for schools and retailers.”
The New York Lottery is the nation’s largest and most profitable Lottery with contributions totaling $3.6 billion dollars in Lottery Aid to Education for FY 2021-2022.