Economic Impacts

  •  The Lottery transferred $1.153 Billion in Fiscal Year 2019 to the Lottery Profits Education Fund for use by primary, secondary, vocational and special education in Ohio.   Profits were derived from the sale of draw and instant scratch-off tickets, and from the video lottery terminal (VLT) games offered at the seven racetracks, of which the Lottery oversees. 
  • The Lottery has provided nearly $26 Billion in cumulative profits to the State of Ohio since inception in 1974.  
  • Last year, the Lottery distributed over $2.15 Billion in prizes to holders of winning tickets, the majority whom reside in Ohio.  
  • More than 9,800 retailers sell lottery products made up of a variety chain retailers and independent stores.  
  • Retailers selling lottery products received $219.5 million in bonuses and commissions in Fiscal Year 2019, for an average of $22,370 of commission per store.  
  • The Lottery helps draw customers into retail establishments.  Retailers floor traffic increases as a direct result of lottery sales.  
  • For Fiscal Year 2019, the Lottery’s operating budget is approximately $147 million, which provides for a variety of goods and services that are procured from vendors here in the State of Ohio.  
  • The Lottery employs over 380 Ohioans throughout the state.
  • The Lottery’s major gaming vendor, Intralot, operates out of Strongsville and Mason, Ohio.  They also support several other state lotteries by housing data-processing information for them out of its Ohio locations.
  • Intralot also provides self-service vending machines which are assembled in the State of Ohio.  
  • The Lottery’s other major gaming vendor, Scientific Games started on July 1st as the scratch off ticket distribution and warehousing vendor.  They opened up a facility in Solon, Ohio to handle this contract.   
  • The Lottery and vendor employees have a significant effect on spin-off jobs of local businesses, restaurants, etc.