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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: Gwen Dean
Year Lottery Founded: June 1967
Gross Sales FY 2015:
Gross Sales FY 2016:
Sales Per Capita: $374
Number of Employees: 330
Retailers : 17,588
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
March 15, 2021 New York Lottery Revenue Plummeted in 2020
January 11, 2021 New York Lottery Invents a Better Way to Multiply in New Campaign
04.01.21 NY Lottery Launch New Quick Draw Game “Money Dots”
November 26, 2019 New York Lottery Enlists Woodland Friends to Help Celebrate the Magic of Christmas
July 11, 2019 New York Lottery Tantalizes Players with ‘Glorious Food’
May 13, 2019 New York Lottery & Video Lottery Gaming First in the Nation to Break $10 Billion in Combined Sales & Net Win in a Single Fiscal Year
February 4, 2019 New York Lottery Sales Cracked the $10 Billion Mark in 2018

News Archive for CY2020
June 16, 2020 Lottery App Hits $1M in Prize Payouts, Launches New Daily Games

News Archive for CY2018
December 28, 2018 New York State Gaming Commission Earns Industry’s Highest Responsible Gaming Certification
December 10, 2018 New York Lottery Completes State-Of-The-Art Production Studio
December 8, 2018 Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Allowed Lottery Jackpot Winners to Remain Anonymous
August 10, 2018 New York Sees Uptick in Lottery Play Despite Additional Non-Tribal Casinos
February 6, 2018 Everi Extends Agreement with New York Lottery to Provide Video Lottery Gaming Central System
January 18, 2018 NY Lottery Revenue Hit $9.9 Billion Last Year, a Slight Increase from 2016

News Archive for CY2017
October 4, 2017 Panel Rules City Workers Can’t Join Office Lottery Pool with Bosses
October 4, 2017 New York Lottery Wins Back-to-Back Industry Awards for Creative Advertising Campaigns & Player Outreach
August 23, 2017 Billions of Dollars Go Unclaimed in Lottery Prizes Each Year
June 16, 2017 Current State of New York Gambling
June 16, 2017 50 Years & More Than $150 Billion: The New York Lottery Celebrates 50th Anniversary
June 9, 2017 New York Lottery Scammers Charged with Criminal Tax Fraud
May 19, 2017 Lottery Money A Subject of Debate in Albany
May 19, 2017 New York Lottery Celebrating 50th Anniversary with Live Drawing on Empire State Plaza
April 25, 2017 Mega Millions Ticket Prices to Double, Odds of Winning Jackpot Drop Under Proposed Changes
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


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