Lottery, casinos deliver record $1.4B in Maryland

Maryland’s six casinos and the state’s lottery ticket sales resulted in a record $1.39 billion in funding that was collected by the state in fiscal 2021.

Lottery sales totaled a record $2.6 billion, topping the previous record set in fiscal 2019. Profits from the sale of lottery tickets contributed $667.4 million to funds collected by the state, also a record.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming reports lottery players won more than $1.66 billion in prizes, or an average of $4.5 million a day in fiscal 2021. Retailers were paid $197.2 million in commissions, or an average of $45,000 per retailer.

Scratch-off ticket sales hit a record for the seventh consecutive fiscal year, totaling $993.4 million.

The state’s six casinos generated $1.75 billion in gaming revenue, $723.5 million of which Maryland collected for various state programs, most to the state’s Education Trust Fund.

Maryland established Maryland Lottery and Gaming in 1973. Since then, lottery sales have contributed $17.9 billion to state programs and services. The first Maryland casinos opened in 2010.

The casinos have generated a combined $11.8 billion in gaming revenue since, and contributed $5.3 million to the state.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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