North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries Where the Money Goes
Mark Bracken
Interim Executive Director

Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

  • $5,244,583,644
    Sales
  • $986,851,456
    Transfers to Beneficiaries
  • $3,865,965,633
    Prizes Paid to Players
  • 8,196
    Retailers
* Information displayed reflects data collected for fiscal year 2020

Lottery Impact on the Economy

  • In Massachusetts, 8,196 retailers generated $5,244,583,644 in gross sales.
  • This economic activity generated $986,851,456 in transfers to beneficiaries.
  • $3,865,965,633 was awarded to players in prizes.

History of Massachusetts State Lottery Commission

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.

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.

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