About the New York Lottery
When it comes to US state lotteries, they don't get much bigger than this one. In fact, none do as the New York Lottery is the largest and most profitable lottery in North America with more than $3 billion going to education in the state every year.
The NY Lottery was also one of the pioneers of government-run lotteries in the U.S and was the second state lottery to be opened back in 1967. Its creation was so successful that $53.6 million was grossed in its first year and residents from neighbouring states would often cross state lines in order to get their hands on NY lottery tickets.
Since then, the NY Lottery has gone from strength to strength and built up lottery aid totals of more than $42.5 billion. The only time during this period that the New York lottery has not been in action was following a scandal in the 1970s. The lottery was closed by the state after the agency in charge of announcing winning tickets did so with tickets that state lottery officials knew hadn't been sold.
Apart from that controversy, the history of the New York Lottery has been without any major incidents, other than a large number of huge jackpots. In fact, as any New Yorker will tell you, there are so many huge NY lottery jackpots that they aren't even big news in the Empire State any more. The impressive total of 110 prizes worth more than $1,000,000 in the fiscal year of 2010-2011 highlights just how many jackpots are available in New York.
However, none of these 110 was bigger than the $319 million won by a group of state workers that have been named the 'Albany 7'. Their huge jackpot was the fifth largest Mega Millions prize in history at the time and came from a New York winning ticket purchase on March 25, 2011. The winning numbers were generated automatically by the NY lottery number picker after Mike Barth, who bought the ticket, lost his place in the queue after stepping out to buy a candy bar. The man who stepped in front of him also bought a Mega Millions ticket taking what would have been his randomly generated numbers and the rest, as they say, is history.
While the biggest New York Lottery jackpots have come from the bigger multi-state games (Mega Millions and Powerball), there are plenty more single state lotteries that are certainly not to be sniffed at. Currently there are eight other lotteries in New York: New York Lotto, Midday Numbers, Midday Win 4, Numbers, Take 5, Win 4, Pick 10, Sweet Million. Of these, the New York Lotto has been the most popular and is also one of biggest selling U.S lotteries, with millions of people checking the draw results every week.
While jackpot prizes are all well and good, the aim of the NY lottery has always been to raise money for the state itself. Fortunately, this is another area where the NY Lottery exceeds, with annual aid totals now up to $3 billion and are continuing to increase after being at $1.5 billion ten years ago. Figures like these mean that not only is a NY lottery ticket providing you with a chance to win big, it's also helping the children of the state itself.
All in all, the New York Lottery is certainly one of the most impressive state lotteries around. Huge jackpots and a great variety of lotto style and instant games make it easy to see why NY lottery tickets are in such high demand. And as the lottery itself says: "Hey, you never know".