Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery

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The Pennsylvania Lottery is operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lottery was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on August 26, 1971; two months later, Henry Kaplan was appointed as its first executive director. The Pennsylvania Lottery sold its first tickets on March 7, 1972.

For more information, visit, log into Facebook and like the Pennsylvania Lottery at or follow the Pennsylvania Lottery at

The Pennsylvania Lottery joined social media networks Facebook and Twitter in June 2011.

Lottery proceeds

By Pennsylvania law, at least 40 percent of Lottery proceeds is required to be paid as prizes, with at least 27 percent towards funding programs. Currently, the Pennsylvania Lottery exceeds these requirements, as 60.9 percent is paid as prizes, 29.9 percent to programs, 6.7 percent is paid as retailer and vendor commission, and 2.5 percent is consumed as operating expenses.

For the 2009–10 fiscal year, approximately $3.065 billion in gross revenue was acquired through proceeds and interest. Approximately $1.87 billion was paid as prizes, $915.7 million to programs, $207 million was paid as retailer and vendor commissions, and $76.6 million was paid to advertising and operations. The gross revenue for fiscal year 2009–10 represented an increase of approximately 59 percent in sales over fiscal year 2001–02.

The Pennsylvania Lottery is the only U.S. lottery that targets all of its...
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