Iowa Lottery sales fell 4.8% in the budget year that ended June 30, despite a new record in sales of scratch-off tickets.
The drop to $372 million from $390.9 million meant the lottery sent $81.5 million to help the state pay for services. Despite the 12.3% decrease, according to unaudited results, the lottery reported that it met its budget targets for the year. Lottery players also had to make do with $236.3 million in prizes, a 2.3% decrease from the previous year.
A lack of huge jackpots softened sales of national lotto games such Mega Millions and Powerball, as did the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. However, sales of scratch-off tickets hit a record $262.4 million, and some outlets had trouble keeping a full supply on hand.
Lottery sales commissions to the retail locations that sell its tickets totaled $24.3 million.