BOSTON – Mass. Treasurer Steven Grossman last week announced that the state lottery’s projected profit for fiscal 2012 has jumped to $936 million following strong sales for the first nine months of the year.
According to a news release, the new number is $42 million higher than the $894 million on which the state’s fiscal 2012 budget is based.
This month’s Mega Millions drawing offering a $656 million jackpot resulted in a $16.4 million profit. Additionally, winter snowstorms that usually suppress lottery sales during the winter months didn’t materialize, resulting in a higher level of play.
In the release, Grossman also highlighted improved game offerings and the hard work of the lottery’s staff.
“This newly anticipated profit is a result of the innovative approaches that the team at the Massachusetts Lottery has undertaken during the last 14 months,” said Grossman, who serves as lottery chairman. “Solid customer-oriented management, coupled with the profit generated from the last week’s historic Mega Millions jackpot and a mild winter that encouraged people to venture out and play, will result in our being able to deliver even more needed revenue to the commonwealth.” •