NASPL reports sales increase in first quarter
The lotteries that make up the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) have experienced a year-on-year increase in total sales during the first quarter of 2014.
The NASPL comprises 45 state lotteries from the US as well as five provincial lotteries from neighbouring Canada.
The results cover bingo, sports, video lottery terminals, keno, Mega Millions, Power Ball, multi-jurisdiction, Cash Lotto, Spiel/Kicker, Lotto, five digit, four digit, three digits, pulltab/breakopen and instant lottery games.
Lotteries comprising the NASPL generated total sales of almost $20.5 billion (€14.9 billion) during the period, up from around $19.4 billion in the corresponding quarter last year.
Total US lottery sales were up from $17.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013 to $18.2 billion this year.
The Atlantic, British Columbia, Loto-Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada lotteries of Canada generated sales of around $2.2 billion, up from just over $2 billion in the previous year.
The New York state lottery was the most successful of all the lotteries after generating $2.2 billion alone during the first quarter, while the Ontario lottery was the most successful of the Canadian provincial lotteries with total sales of $792.8 million.
Instant lottery games were the most popular in both the US and Canadian markets, with US states generating $10.1 billion in instant lottery sales and Canadian provincial lotteries recording sales of $422.1 million
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