PHOENIX, AZ - The Arizona Lottery celebrated fiscal year 2011, which closed just as the lottery entered its 30th anniversary year, with a record-breaking $583.5 million in sales, a 5.8% increase over the previous fiscal year, MarketWatch.com reports.
"We are proud to report these record-breaking sales figures, particularly as we enter our 30th anniversary year," said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery, adding the sales resulted in more than $146 million in revenue for state programs, including those in health care, programs for the homeless, economic development and education.
Arizona lottery retailers also fared well in fiscal year 2011, as they earned more than $39 million in commissions €" a critical revenue source for many.
"Arizona Lottery tickets are Circle K customers' favorites," said Leona Burke, business manager at Circle K. "The Lottery brings many customers through our doors, which in turn, brings in great business for us. More than ever, we appreciate the support we get from our Lottery customers."
Hatch-Miller attributed much of the year€™s financial success to the 10 percent increase in Scratchers ticket sales, the sold-out Millionaire Raffle, and the lure of bigger prizes for many of its games.
"We've begun working aggressively toward meeting fiscal year 2012 goals and making our 30th anniversary year one to remember," said Hatch-Miller. "Our focus is on introducing new, innovative products, building partnerships, and using technology that attracts players and delivers sound results for Arizona Lottery beneficiaries throughout the state."
In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Arizona Lottery is launching three commemorative second-chance Scratchers tickets at various times throughout the year.