Massachusetts Lottery says scratch ticket, Keno sales are down

It's one month into fiscal year 2023 and the headline numbers look good for the Massachusetts Lottery,

though the agency's head on Tuesday flagged two concerning trends that have cropped up and will warrant closer inspection going forward.

Lottery sales were up $15.7 million in July and the agency posted a monthly estimated profit of $102.9 million compared to $96.2 million in July 2021.

Interim Executive Director Mark William Bracken, in a report to the Lottery Commission, attributed the profit bump in part to "a combination of a $42.1 million increase in Mega Millions

Bracken said told the commission that, after adjustments, the Lottery had an estimated $13.3 million increase in net profit through the first month of fiscal year 2023.

Mega Millions jackpot drove sales for those tickets, Bracken said Tuesday that scratch tickets sales were down about 6 percent and that Keno sales were down almost 5 percent.

a trend that we have seen both nationwide and into this current month of August as well that we'll be discussing at the next commission meeting, as well as our Keno sales being down $5.5 [million]

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