After growing at a torrid 12 percent pace in 2012, lottery sales in New York grew 2 percent in 2013, records showed.
Lottery revenue for traditional games, such as Lotto and instant games, grew less than 1 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, Gannett’s Albany Bureau wrote today.
The revenue from the nine racetracks with video-lottery terminals increased 7.6 percent, but three facilities, including Tioga Downs, had a less profitable year than in 2012. The biggest gain was the 17.6 percent growth at Resorts World at Aqueduct Race Track in Queens.
The bad weather appears to be a factor for the dropoff at the VLT facilities.
Last year, lottery sales hit a record $9 billion with traditional games growing 6.5 percent. New York has the largest lottery in the country and plans to add four privately owned casinos upstate; the casinos’ locations are expected to be picked this fall.
Lee Park, a spokesman for the state Gaming Commission, said the lottery still gained nearly $186 million in 2013 compared to 2012. Total sales in 2013 reached nearly $9.3 billion.
“The lottery continues to evaluate its games and marketing to best increase sales and aid to education. The New York lottery continues to be the most profitable lottery in North America,” Park said.
Here’s how each game fared: