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Massachusetts Lottery
Phone: (781) 849-5555
Fax: (781) 849-5509
Population: 6,593,587
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division .
Lottery Director: Beth Bresnahan
Year Lottery Founded: March 1972
Sales FY 2001:
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Sales FY 2012:
$3,969 Million
$4,211 Million
$4,204 Million
$4,381 Million
$4.484 Million
$4,534 Million
$4,436 Million
Sales Per Capita: $699
Number of Employees: 406
Number of Retailers: 7,332
On-line Vendor: In House
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
October 3, 2012 October 3, 2015
Secoundary Instant Ticket Contract: Pollard Banknote
October 3, 2012 October 3, 2015
October 3, 2012 October 3, 2015
Advertising Contract: Connelly Partners
October 3, 2012 10/3/2015
ITVMs Int'l Products of America
Games Offered: Mega Millions, Powerball, Mega Bucks Doubler, Cash Winfall, Scratch Tickets, Numbers Game, Mass Cash, Daily Race Game, Keno.
Beneficiaries: Approximately 22% goes to cities & towns, compulsive gambling, arts council and the states general fund.
Jurisdiction: State of Massachusetts USA

Background Information

The Massachusetts State Lottery was established by the legislature in 1971 in response to the need for revenues for the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth. Sales began on March 22, 1972, with a weekly passive game simply called The Game. The first drawing was held on April 6.
Two years later, the Lottery introduced the industry’s first instant scratch ticket with a game called, not surprisingly, The Instant Game. The revolutionary new product transformed the entire lottery industry.
The weekly and instant games were sold side by side until 1976, when they were joined by the Daily Numbers Game, the Lottery’s first regular draw game. A short-lived lotto game, the first of its kind in the country, debuted in 1978, but was pulled after 13 weeks due to sluggish sales and low jackpots. The advent of a computerized system in 1981 changed everything, and a new lotto, Megabucks, was launched in 1982; a version of the game is still in the product mix today.
Currently, the Massachusetts Lottery draw game lineup includes Powerball, Mega Millions, Megabucks Doubler, Daily Numbers, Mass Cash and the New England regional game Lucky for Life. Also part of the mix are pulltabs and the monitor games Keno and Daily Race Game. But the Lottery is known for its highly successful instant games, which have set the bar for the entire industry.
Proceeds from the Lottery are allocated to the cities and towns of the Commonwealth – the Lottery is the single largest source of unrestricted local aid.

News Archive for CY2015
November 7, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Discuss Plans for Developing a Daily Fantasy Sports Day
November 3, 2015 Lottery Looks to Compete with Fantasy Sports
November 2, 2015 Treasurer Names Michael Sweeney Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lottery Commission
October 8, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Exploring Fantasy Sports Options
October 6, 2015 Treasurer Suggests its Time for the Lottery to Get in the Game
September 30, 2015 Massachusetts Lottery Set Records for Net Profit and Sales in FY15
September 29, 2015 Proposed Changes to Tax Codes for Charitable Gaming on Hold for Further Consideration
September 22, 2015 Fantasy Football Sites Not Impacting Lottery as Yet
September 16, 2015 Lottery Listens to Retailer Concerns
August 19, 2015 Pollard Banknote Receives One-Year Extension On Instant Game Contract With Massachusetts State Lottery
July 29, 2015 A commissioner and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are Stepping Down
July 15, 2015 Higher Priced Scratch Ticket Boosting Lottery Sales Figures
July 14, 2015 Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Fourth Consecutive Year
June 30, 2015 Record Sales for State Lottery
April 28, 2015 Massachusetts State Lottery Release New $30 Scratch Ticket
April 8, 2015 Massachusetts State Lottery Beth A. Bresnahan Steps Down
March 25, 2015 New Ultimate Garden Party Instant Ticket from Mass. State Lottery Offers Unprecedented All Access Garden Party Pass Prize
February 25, 2015 Lottery to Retire Obsolete Selling Terminals
December 30, 2014 Instant Lottery Tickets See Sales Surge Over Holiday Period

News Archive for CY2014
November 25, 2014 Cost Savings would not Outweigh Profit Benefits to State if Games were cut
November 24, 2014 Gaming Commission to Closely Monitor any Developments in Federal Investigation
October 30, 2014 State Auditor Calls for Stronger Monitoring of Lottery Sales Agents
October 30, 2014 Lottery Officials Take Measures to address Audit Concerns
October 28, 2014 Shift in Buying Habits of Lottery Players
October 10, 2014 Mass. Lottery Announces Changes to Drawing Schedules, Effective October 26
October 9, 2014 New Draws Times Introduced by Lottery
October 8, 2014 Scientific Games’ Massachusetts State Lottery World Class Millions Wins 2014 Industry Award for Best New Instant Game
Sept 30, 2014 Mass. Lottery Releases New Bruins Instant “Scratch” Ticket
Sept 30, 2014 Group Calls for Chain Store to have Scratch Ticket Machines Withdrawn
August 26, 2014 Mass. Lottery Releases New Patriots Instant “Scratch” Ticket
July 24, 2014 Lottery Profits Exceed Expectations for Third Consecutive Year
May 31, 2014 Higher Tier Lottery Scratch Tickets Yield $90 Million in Sales
May 17, 2014 World Class Millions Instant Ticket Becoming Popular with Players
April 22, 2014 Massachusetts State Lottery Releases $30 Scratch Ticket
April 1, 2014 Massachusetts Lottery Releases New Red Sox Instant “Scratch” Ticket
March 25, 2014 Counties Benefit from Lottery Sale Distribution
March 25, 2014 Massachusetts Lottery to Launch $30 Instant Ticket
March 19, 2014 Restrictions Sought to Prevent Lottery Winnings Used to Commit Crime
February 14, 2014 Massachusetts Lottery Official Release on Appointment of Beth Bresnahan
February 13, 2014 Beth Bresnahan Promoted to Head one of the Largest Lotteries in the Country
January 30, 2014 Massachusetts Lottery Officials Seeking Legislation That Would Allow Them to Experiment with Online Gambling
January 28, 2014 Lottery Reports Sales Dip in December
January 21, 2014 Massachusetts Lottery Sales at $4.8 Billion

News Archive for CY2013
September 30, 2013 Massachusetts State Lottery’s SUPER 50/50 Raffle is back for the Holiday Season
September 30, 2013 Massachusetts Contracts with Pro-Lite for Modulex™ Jackpot Signs
July 30, 2013 Casinos will Impact on Lottery Sales, Forcing Lotteries to Change the Way they Market Products
July 30, 2013 Lottery Profits Beat Expectations for Second Consecutive Year
July 30, 2013 Massachusetts Lottery Sees Surge in Profits
July 8, 2013 Lottery Advertising Contract under Dispute over Diversity Disclosure
July 2, 2013 Ticket Sold In Canton Wins Mass. Lottery's Super 50/50 Raffle's $528,710 Jackpot
June 16, 2013 Senate Imposes Tighter Restrictions on Welfare Recipients who Claim Major Lottery Prizes
June 10, 2013 Massachusetts Lottery to Launch New Poker-Themed Keno-Style Monitor Game
May 22, 2013 Online License Proposal Receives GOP Backing
April 8, 2013 Massachusetts Lottery Issues Request for Response (RFR) For Double Jackpot Window Led Signs
April 9, 2013 Massachusetts Lottery Releases CADILLAC® Themed Instant Ticket
April 7, 2013 A Federal Lottery for Federal Education
April 1, 2013 Former Commissioner Implicated by Lottery Case
March 28, 2013 Massachusetts State Lottery’s SUPER 50/50 Raffle is Back!
March 26, 2013 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Unveil Draft Regulations for Licensing Process
March 25, 2013 State Gaming Commission Announce Site for Slots Parlor
March 19, 2013 Governor and Tribe Reach New Agreement on Casino Revenue
March 1, 2013 Massachusetts Lottery to Hold $10,000,000 HOLD’EM POKER® Tournament
March 1, 2013 Gaming Commission Announce Plans to Determine Which Communities Will Have Input Into Potential Gambling Venues Licensing Process
March 1, 2013 Former State Treasurer Agrees to Pay Fine, Ending Lottery Corruption Case
February 25, 2013 Scratch Tickets That Revolutionized the Lottery Industry Are About to Turn Fourty
February 22, 2013 Massachusetts Legislator Proposes Snow Lottery Ticket
February 13, 2013 No Agreement Reached in Former Massachusetts Treasurer's Lottery Case
February 6, 2013 Win A Chance to Play A Game of "H-O-R-S-E" with Celtics Captain Paul Pierce
January 29, 2013 Cutting the Lottery Budget Would be “Extremely Unwise” - Director
January 28, 2013 Gaming Commission Leaves Simulcasting's Future Up to Legislature
January 24, 2013 Massachusetts Bill Would Allow for Online Lottery Sales
January 24, 2013 Massachusetts Budget Proposal Includes Gambling Revenue
January 23, 2013 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Considering Gambling Restrictions for Local Officials
January 24, 2013 Retailers Association Express Concern with Bill to Allow Online Lottery Games
January 18, 2013 State Gambling Regulators Deny Extension Requests

News Archive for CY2012
December 18, 2012 Veterans Club Under Investigation for Selling Pull-Tabs Purchased on the Internet
December 16, 2012 Massachusetts Lottery Designed To Enrich Player More Than Government
December 13, 2012 Former Massachusetts Treasurer's Lottery Case Declared a Mistrial
December 11, 2012 Cahill Aide Not Guilty; Jury Deadlocked on Cahill
December 7, 2012 Cahill Jury Undecided After Fourth Day of Deliberation
December 6, 2012 Gambling Referendum Expected in March
December 5, 2012 Massachusetts Gambling Bidding Could Expand to Commercial Interests
November 29, 2012 Former Massachusetts Treasurer to Testify in Lottery Case
November 27, 2012 Lottery Plans to Launch New Monitor-Based Poker Game
November 23, 2012 Massachusetts Casino Law Marks One-Year Anniversary, Ignites Debate Over Progress
November 13, 2012 Former Lottery Director Had Concerns Over the “Excessive” Amount Planned to be Spent on Cahill Campaign Ads
November 9, 2012 Cahill's Defence Claims Self-Promotional Lottery Ads Were Simply to Counter the RGA's Negative Ads
November 7, 2012 Massachusetts State Lottery Awards Pollard Banknote Three-Year Contract
November 5, 2012 Former Massachusetts Treasurer Heads to Trial Over Lottery Ads
October 10, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Act Gives Racing Industry Renewed Optimism
October 2, 2012 Gambling Commission Chairman Says No Pressure From Elected Officials
October 1, 2012 Celtics, Massachusetts Lottery Launch Championship-Banner Scratch Ticket
October 1, 2012 Massachusetts State Lottery Launch Super 50/50 Raffle Game
September 25, 2012 State Lottery Sales Up Since July, But Net Profit Fell in August
August 27, 2012 Massachusetts State Lottery And New England Patriots To Release New $2 Instant Ticket
August 18, 2012 Gaming Board To Hold Public Hearings
August 13, 2012 $2 New England Patriots Lottery Ticket To Kick Off In September
July 31, 2012 Lottery Game's Flaw Ignored; But Inspector General Recommends No Further Action
July 31, 2012 Gaming Commission Wants Lottery to Oversee Charity Gambling
July 26, 2012 Massachusetts Lawmakers Seek to Ban ‘Cyber Cafe’ Gambling
July 24, 2012 Massachusetts Lottery Hits Sales Record Of $4.74b; Also Logs Record Profits of Nearly $1b
July 16, 2012 Lottery Halts 'Double Platinum Payday' Game, Recalls Tickets
July 11, 2012 Gaming Board Hires Treasury Executive
July 2, 2012 Gambling Commission Says It Encourages Competition for Gaming Licenses
June 26, 2012 Gaming Commission Discusses Salary and Hirings
June 24, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Examine Problem Gambling
June 14, 2012 Commission Looking for Insight to Implement Gaming Law
June 12, 2012 State Lottery Knows Value Of Its Vendors
June 7, 2012 Gaming Commission Chairman Warns That Casinos Pose Real Threat to State Lottery’s Ticket Sales
June 5, 2012 Gaming Commission Votes For Employee Background Checks

May 24, 2012

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May 29, 2012 State Lottery Sales Up More Than $250m Through April
May 24, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Holds Weekly Meeting
May 20, 2012 Massachusetts Group To Host Symposium On Problem Gambling
May 15, 2012 Commission Drops Interim Executive Position
May 15, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Panel to Meet Today
May 8, 2012 Vote Spurs Massachusetts Casino Partners to Fold
May 8, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Advances Plan To Reduce Timetable For Opening Casinos
May 7, 2012 Scratch Ticket Misprint
May 1, 2012 Panel’s Communication Director Selected
May 1, 2012 Panel Selects Interim Executive Director
April 30, 2012 Investors Keep A Watchful Eye As New Gaming Pocket Opens Up
April 30, 2012 Lottery Officials See Record Profits
April 28, 2012 If Players Don’t Win The First Time, Look For A Second Chance
April 25, 2012 Former Massachusetts Treasurer Cahill Granted Continuance in Court Over Ethics Case
April 25, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Defends Timetable For Licensing Casino Resorts
April 22, 2012 Gambling Commission to Seek Delay in Its Prescribed Takeover of the State’s Horse and Simulcast Racing Industry
April 18, 2012 Lottery Celebrates 40th Birthday With New Challenges On Horizon
April 18, 2012 Gaming Commission Hoping to Delay Key Deadline
April 15, 2012 Massachusetts Gaming Panel To Meet For Second Time
April 14, 2012 Massachusetts Lottery Marks 40 Years Of Operation
April 12, 2012 Mayor To Launch Community Gaming Commission
April 10, 2012 Massachusetts' New Gaming Commission Holds First Meeting
April 6, 2012 Gaming Panel to Meet For First Time Tuesday
April 5, 2012 State Lottery Reports Boost in Profits
April 4, 2012 Former State Treasurer Tim Cahill Pleads Not Guilty in Lottery Ad Case
April 2, 2012 Former State Treasurer Indicted on Charges Stemming From Lottery Ad Saga
March 25, 2012 The Lottery Has Been “A Lifeline” For Communities
March 22, 2012 New Gambling Commissioner Will Work at Reduced Salary
March 21, 2012 State Gambling Board To Set Casino Framework
March 20, 2012 Last Two Members Named To State Gaming Commission
March 16, 2012 Ticket Sold In Massachusetts Wins Top Prize In First “Lucky For Life” All New England Lottery Drawing
March 9, 2012 RED SOX Performance Linked To Lottery Ticket Decline
March 6, 2012 Chairman Discusses Complexities Facing Newly Formed Gaming Commission
February 29, 2012 New Way to Purchase Lottery Tickets
February 29, 2012 Boston Bruins and Massachusetts Lottery to Host Fifth On-Ice Challenge
February 27, 2012 Gambling Commission Still Incomplete
February 28, 2012 Massachusetts Takes Lead on New Regional Lottery Game
February 20, 2012 Massachusetts Lottery Revenues on The Rise
February 5, 2012 Boston Celtics And Massachusetts State Lottery Announce Continuation Of Partnership
February 2, 2012 Bruins & Mass Lottery to Host Season's First On-Ice Challenge
January 30, 2012 Lottery Ends Controversial Numbers Game
January 9, 2012 Massachusetts State Lottery Commission (MSLC)
January 14, 2012 Massachusetts Treasurer Creates Task Force to Research Issue of Online Lottery Sales
January 4, 2012 Massachusetts Lottery Advises Players Cash Winfall Game Will Soon be Coming to an End
January 1, 2012 Massachusetts Lottery Draws Winning Numbers in $10 Million Raffle


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