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New York State Lottery
Address: 1 Broadway Center
P.O. Box 7500
Schenectady, New York 12301-7500
E-mail Address: N/A
Phone: (518) 388-3300
Fax: (518) 388-3403
Population: 19,541,453
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Interim Lottery Director: Gary Butler
Year Lottery Founded: June 1967
Sales FY 2015: $9,156,336,000
Sales Per Capita: $374
Number of Employees: 330
Retailers : 17,800
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
Secondary Instant Ticket Vendor: GTECH Printing Corporation
Pollard Banknote
Video Lottery Contract: IGT
Advertising: DDB Worldwide Communications Group
ITVMs On-Point
Games Offered: Mega Millions, Powerball, Sweet Millions, Lotto, Take Five, Numbers, Win 4, Quick Draw, Pick 10, Instants.
Proceeds: Education (NYS Public Schools)
Jurisdiction: New York


Background Information

New York voters approved a state lottery in November 1966, and on June 17, 1967, the New York Lottery held the first drawing for its new passive game. It became the second U.S. lottery in the modern era, after New Hampshire. In the first year of operation, sales were $53.6 million.
The Lottery’s first instant game, Scenes of New York, was introduced in September 1976. Another instant game, Empire Stakes, launched in January 1977, setting a new record for a lottery instant game to that point, producing $18.9 million in sales during its first week.
New York’s first numbers game was Lotto, initially run as an offline game at its launch in 1978. It was the first successful Lotto game in the United States, and a version of the original game is still in the product mix today.
The computerized era began in 1980, first with Lotto and then with the introduction of the daily Numbers game in September; Win 4 followed a year later. The Lottery launched Quick Draw, a keno game, in 1995. Its first foray into the multistate arena was with Mega Millions, introduced in 2002. Those five games are still part of the Lottery’s lineup of draw games, which also includes Powerball, Take 5, Sweet Million and Pick 10.
The New York Lottery has led the country in terms of total sales since 1996, far outpacing any other lottery with its traditional sales program. Added to the mix were video lottery terminals, authorized in 2001 and implemented beginning in January 2004. The machines are now available at all nine racetracks included in the original legislation, and not surprisingly the New York program now brings in more gross gaming revenue than any other lottery’s video gaming system.
Fundamentally, the Lottery is run as an entertainment business and its sole mission is to earn revenue for education. In fiscal 2012, Lottery revenues accounted for nearly 15 percent of total state education funding to local school districts. Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.

News Archive for CY2017
March 30, 2017 New York Lottery Announce New Sports-Based Phone Game
February 23, 2017 NY Governor Looks to Review Charitable Gaming Legislation
January 25, 2017 New York Lottery Achieves Record Revenue in 2016
January 20, 2017 New York Governor Proposes Plan to Crack Down on the Illegal Use of Public Assistance Benefits to Purchase Lottery Tickets

News Archive for CY2016
October 20, 2016 New York Lottery Wins Industry Awards for Creative Advertising Campaigns & Player Outreach
August 3, 2016 New York Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Fantasy Sports Into Law
July 26, 2016 NYS Gaming Commission Meets, Approves Gaming Rules on Standards for Testing and Certifying Video Lottery Gaming Equipment, Tours Rivers Casino Site
July 19, 2016 New York Lottery Joins AR Gaming Craze with New 3-D Scratch-Off
July 19, 2016 New York Lottery Cashes in on Record High Sales
July 5, 2016 New York Lottery Enters New Dimension with First-Of-Its-Kind 3D Scratch-Off Game
June 22, 2016 New York Hits Lotto Jackpot
April 29, 2016 Jackpocket App Launch the First Way to Play New York Lottery Daily Games on Your Phone
April 22, 2016 New York Lottery & Video Gaming Smash Records with $9.69 Billion in Sales/Net Win
January 2, 2016 New York is Poised to Diversify Its Gambling Revenue Streams Yet Again

News Archive for CY2015
November 4, 2015 New York Lottery Ad Campaign: LOTTO Players Make Way Better Rich People
November 2, 2015 Lottery Campaign Aims to Have New Yorkers Dreaming Big
October 30, 2015 New York Lottery Rewards ''Close Enough'' Wagers
October 23, 2015 I LOVE NY "Cash and Travel" Lottery Game
October 20, 2015 New York State Gaming Commission has issued a Request for Information for a Benchmarking Study
October 3, 2015 Lottery App Draws Further Investigation
August 25, 2015 Entrepreneur Looks to Connect Horse Racing and Lottery with Innovative Product
August 20, 2015 New Player in Town, Lottery Rewards Moves into New Yorks BzLab
July 18, 2015 New York Lottery Releases I LOVE NY Scratch Ticket, backed by Outdoor Campaign
May 7, 2015 Random Word Placement Causes Offence on Scratch Ticket
March 25, 2015 New York's Lucky Streak Continues: $58M Mega Millions Jackpot Won in New York
March 2, 2015 NYS Gaming Commission’s Responsible Gaming Program Earns Global Recognition
February 3, 2015 New York Lottery’s New Lucky 7’s Playbook Offers Best-Ever Overall Odds On A $20 Scratch-Off Game

News Archive for CY2014
July 31, 2014 New York Lottery Prepares Regulations to Enter New Multi-State Game
July 31, 2014 New York Lottery Set to Launch Monopoly Millionaires’ Club
June 6, 2014 New York Lottery and VLT 2013-14 Record Profit Hits $3.17 Billion Highest Amount Ever In History of North American Lotteries for A Single Beneficiary – NYS Schools
June 5, 2014 New York's Lottery and Video Gaming Revenues Continue to Climb
June 5, 2014 New York Lottery Releases “Bejeweled” Scratch-Off Game
June 5, 2014 New York State Gaming Commission $3.17 Billion for Education
May 27, 2014 New Multi-State Lottery Game Starting June 13
April 10, 2014 New York Plans to Enter New Multi-State Lottery Game
February 2, 2014 Lotto Struggles to Match the Attraction of Powerball and Mega Millions
January 21, 2014 The New York Lottery Plans for the Future To Safeguard State Aid To Education
January 14, 2014 New York Lottery Releases Scratch Ticket with Jackpot of $7.5 million
January 13, 2014 Lottery Sees Slight Increase in Sales for 2013


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