State Lottery Says Sales Are Up Amid Pandemic


BOSTON (WBZ News Radio) - The state's lottery program is doing better than expected amid the pandemic. The state is now projecting nearly a billion dollars in revenue for the Massachusetts Lottery this fiscal year, 45 million dollars more than originally projected.

The one exception is Keno, which is usually played in person at bars and convenience stores. Revenues for Keno are down, says lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney. "With the closure of many restaurants and bar, that area...as you can imagine, took a big hit," Sweeney said.

Sweeney says the success of other lottery products have made up the difference.

WBZ's Drew Mulholland (DrewWBZ) reported this story.

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