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Kentucky Lottery hits highest sales month in history in March, breaking record at $116.1 million

In March 2019, the Kentucky Lottery posted its highest sales month in history – and broke another record that had stood for nearly three decades.

March sales were $116.1 million. This beat the previous record of $115.5 million, set in October 2018 during a Mega Millions run that for the first time in the game’s history saw a jackpot in excess of $1 billion.

Leading the way for this massive month was a marked increase in Scratch-off ticket sales. This category saw $70 million in sales, a full $9.7 million (16.1%) more than in March 2018. This also beat a record that had stood for nearly 30 years – previously the best Scratch-off ticket sales month in Kentucky Lottery history had been the first month of sales in April 1989, which finished at $68.1 million.
“Much of this is attributable to the launch of our first $30 Scratch-off ticket,” said Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie. “As we celebrated our 30th anniversary, we wanted to do something big to mark the occasion. Launching this new price point was a big hit with players with a first-time-ever top prize of $3 million, and they really responded.”
March was also highlighted by a Powerball jackpot run that reached as high as $768.4 million. This led to sales of $12.3 million for the game, an increase of $5.3 million (73%) from the same month in 2018.
Increased sales also meant increased prizes. March 2019 finished the month with prize expenses of $76.1 million, also a new record.

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  1. yeah you took about 500.00 from its shame people from eastern kt can’t win i play every day pick 3 mostly i wish and pray for 123 come in please

  2. Michael says:

    You have to play responsibly.You cant aiways count on winning jackpots.Theres alot of odds against you although i feel ky lotto gives us best chances they can.

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