Lotteries and Revenues by State, 2010

State lotteries are now authorized in all but seven states—Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.  State lotteries sold $53 billion in tickets in 2010 (the last year for which data are available).  That represented $172 dollars worth of lottery tickets sold per person in the United States and equaled 2.6 percent of total state revenue.

Net proceeds, what money is left after subtracting out administration costs and prize payouts, affect state finances more directly than total ticket sales.  After administration costs and prizes, lottery proceeds to states in 2010 were over $17.75 billion.  That equaled $57 in state proceeds per person or around 1 percent of total state revenue.

The size of state lotteries and their importance to the finances of each state varies significantly from these national averages, as shown in the table below.

  Total State Revenue Lottery Ticket Sales Ticket Sales as a Percentage of State Revenue Net Lottery Proceeds to States Net Proceeds as a Percentage of State Revenue Net Ticket Sales Per Capita Net Proceeds Per Capita
Amounts in Thousands of Dollars Amounts in Dollars
United States $2,035,699,790 $53,095,974 2.6% $17,752,773 0.87% $172 $57
               
Alabama $26,823,681 No State Lottery
Alaska $12,374,672 No State Lottery
Arizona $32,841,609 $514,496 1.6% $141,775 0.43% $80 $22
Arkansas $19,595,441 $362,116 1.8% $81,239 0.41% $124 $28
California $278,494,901 $2,826,824 1.0% $1,044,931 0.38% $76 $28
Colorado $27,990,510 $463,050 1.7% $107,909 0.39% $92 $21
Connecticut $26,840,365 $940,962 3.5% $294,549 1.10% $263 $82
Delaware (T) $7,975,651 $140,757 1.8% $42,227 0.53% $157 $47
Florida $91,653,258 $3,727,982 4.1% $1,252,509 1.37% $198 $67
Georgia $44,878,023 $3,153,145 7.0% $885,508 1.97% $325 $91
Hawaii $11,565,500 No State Lottery
Idaho $8,859,444 $135,796 1.5% $38,466 0.43% $87 $25
Illinois $73,274,871 $2,191,421 3.0% $647,385 0.88% $171 $50
Indiana $35,575,267 $689,262 1.9% $183,465 0.52% $106 $28
Iowa $21,265,049 $240,145 1.1% $69,663 0.33% $79 $23
Kansas $16,545,579 $221,743 1.3% $68,526 0.41% $78 $24
Kentucky $26,993,403 $676,090 2.5% $216,515 0.80% $156 $50
Louisiana $32,188,166 $351,756 1.1% $131,340 0.41% $78 $29
Maine $9,539,306 $202,998 2.1% $53,028 0.56% $153 $40
Maryland $37,394,440 $1,593,442 4.3% $502,627 1.34% $276 $87
Massachusetts $50,471,792 $4,155,916 8.2% $894,785 1.77% $635 $137
Michigan $65,971,789 $2,156,779 3.3% $670,410 1.02% $218 $68
Minnesota $39,887,029 $436,706 1.1% $90,290 0.23% $82 $17
Mississippi $20,978,550 No State Lottery
Missouri $33,915,612 $912,015 2.7% $249,997 0.74% $152 $42
Montana $7,141,352 $44,535 0.6% $10,758 0.15% $45 $11
Nebraska $10,062,763 $122,470 1.2% $31,631 0.31% $67 $17
Nevada $14,053,177 No State Lottery
New Hampshire $7,827,936 $221,347 2.8% $66,396 0.85% $168 $50
New Jersey $66,740,281 $2,460,213 3.7% $924,160 1.38% $280 $105
New Mexico $17,566,599 $136,942 0.8% $43,649 0.25% $67 $21
New York $195,460,010 $6,942,886 3.6% $2,676,574 1.37% $358 $138
North Carolina $57,467,430 $1,321,579 2.3% $426,606 0.74% $139 $45
North Dakota $6,118,449 $23,247 0.4% $6,321 0.10% $35 $9
Ohio $89,664,151 $2,336,760 2.6% $733,307 0.82% $203 $64
Oklahoma $23,692,058 $212,898 0.9% $94,108 0.40% $57 $25
Oregon (T) $28,703,267 $320,699 1.1% $67,465 0.24% $84 $18
Pennsylvania $83,287,051 $2,759,355 3.3% $815,928 0.98% $217 $64
Rhode Island(T) $8,809,270 $234,625 2.7% $55,474 0.63% $223 $53
South Carolina $28,867,808 $915,995 3.2% $248,968 0.86% $198 $54
South Dakota (T) $4,492,586 $45,544 1.0% $12,870 0.29% $56 $16
Tennessee $29,719,569 $1,063,685 3.6% $325,907 1.10% $168 $51
Texas $120,389,837 $3,542,210 2.9% $1,057,048 0.88% $141 $42
Utah $16,022,191 No State Lottery
Vermont $6,001,197 $91,782 1.5% $20,550 0.34% $147 $33
Virginia $46,356,567 $1,354,728 2.9% $430,366 0.93% $169 $54
Washington $44,298,597 $460,016 1.0% $126,075 0.28% $68 $19
West Virginia (T) $13,564,289 $214,599 1.6% * * $116 *
Wisconsin $48,088,136 $480,939 1.0% $175,411 0.36% $85 $31
Wyoming $7,411,311

No State Lottery

 Notes:            
(*) Indicates Data that is Not Available            
(T) Indicates States Where Video Lottery Income is Excluded            

Source: NCSL calculations are based on information from the Bureau of the Census 2010 State Lottery Report, Bureau of the Census 2010 State Revenue Report, Bureau of the Census 2010 Population Estimates, and the 2010 Financial Reports from Delaware, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota and West Virginia.