Thanks to a network of over 7,500 local businesses, the
Massachusetts State Lottery is the number one lottery in the world in per capita
Most lottery agents in Massachusetts are brick-and-mortar small businesses. These
are the convenience stores, corner stores, gas stations, supermarkets and package
stores in your neighborhoods and the employees who work hard to ensure that lottery
ticket sales are made securely and safely. In person lottery sales remain the best
way to enforce consumer protections, such as age restrictions. Lottery agent store
owners and staff go through specific training and have software in place for assisting
with the enforcement of ID checks required by state law.
Lottery retailers have provided the lottery with visible, effective, and ongoing
support. In fact, the State Lottery reported in July of last year that it has its
fifth straight year of record-breaking profits, earning an estimated $986.9 million
(1 million higher than the record of $985.9 million the year prior).
Despite these successes, lottery agent commission rates have not increased in over
40 years. Lottery retailers in Massachusetts are struggling due to increased labor
costs, health care costs, energy costs, tobacco taxes and the presence of casinos.
The cost of doing business as a lottery retailer in Massachusetts has increased
each year, without equal compensation for sales. To add insult to injury, online
lottery ticket sales would greatly decrease foot traffic to stores, further hurting
lottery sales for these agents. An online lottery would only further hurt the small
businesses, leading to a loss in excise tax revenue for communities.
If it isn’t broken don’t fix it at the expense of local
Over the last 45 years, Massachusetts has grown to become one of the
most successful lotteries in the world
With over $5.01 billion in sales in FY 2015, the Lottery achieved its
4th consecutive record setting sales year surpassing the $5 billion mark for the
first time ever
Instant tickets continue to be the most popular and successful Lottery
product, accounting for approximately, 70 percent of total sales
Today, there are 3 in-state draw games, 2 multi-state jackpot games,
2 monitor based games, and approximately 82 instant tickets