Arizona Lottery Shatters Quarterly Sales and Payout Records in 2021

Arizona Lottery

The Arizona Lottery is proud to announce its biggest single quarter return ever to the State of Arizona: $74.3 million. The transfer is the result of more than $418.2 million in gross sales for the quarter. The Arizona Lottery projects at the close of Fiscal Year 2021, a total of more than $270 million will be transferred to the state from more than $1.4 billion in sales. Since Governor Doug Ducey took office in Fiscal Year 2015, the Arizona Lottery has returned more than $1.141 billion to the state, the most from any gaming entertainment option in Arizona.

These unprecedented returns benefit more than a dozen vital programs and services across the Grand Canyon state, including:

  • The Arizona Department of Economic Security, with a significant portion (about 1/3) going to the Central Arizona Shelter System (CASS) to combat homelessness and mitigate COVID-19’s dangers to this especially vulnerable population.
  • The Arizona Competes Fund, through the Arizona Commerce Authority, to foster economic growth across the state, and to attract new business while helping current companies to thrive here.
  • The Heritage Fund, administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, to preserve and protect our state’s iconic landscapes and wildlife.
  • The Arizona Board of Regents’ University Bond Fund, used to secure financing for the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure on the campuses of our state’s three public universities.

“ Lottery players have a tremendous impact on our state,” Arizona Lottery Executive Director Gregg Edgar said. “When our players purchase Arizona Lottery tickets, hundreds of millions of dollars go to fund programs providing critical services to our most at-risk citizens. We at the Arizona Lottery, and our entire network of valued retailers, are extremely proud to be a part of that.”

Additionally, FY21 Q3 Lottery sales generated more than $29.1 million in retailer commissions and paid out more than $280.3 million in prizes, helping to bolster retailer revenues and drive our economy as Arizona continues to reemerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The complete lineup of instant and draw games is available at all 3,000 Arizona Lottery licensed retailers. Learn more at

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $4.6 billion in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales fund programs in higher education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner.

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