Despite January Storm, Oregon Lottery Sales Up For The Year

Even though a massive snowstorm heavily impacted Q3 sales, the Oregon Lottery is ahead of last year’s performance as the fiscal year is winding down.

The state lottery commission provided an update on Friday, detailing the sales breakdown as the end of the fiscal year comes at the conclusion of June.

Through 43 weeks of FY24, Oregon is at $1.365 billion in sales, a 1.2% improvement from FY23 after the same timeframe ($1.349 billion).

This is largely thanks to increased purchases of the lottery draw game, Powerball. Oregon had its largest jackpot winner ever come from the game on April 7, a $1.33 billion top prize.

Powerball leads the way in improved Oregon Lottery showing

While the Oregon Lottery is seeing a decline in sales with three of its five top-selling game formats this fiscal year, the Powerball surge has covered those losses.

The popular multistate draw game is up around $23 million this year. That’s made up for the slight dips in sales for video lottery, Keno, and Mega Millions.

Here’s a look at how the two years compare through 43 weeks:

Game FY2023FY2024Difference
Video Lottery$976,119,354$972,733,804-0.3%
Mega Millions$50,755,758$48,698,948-4.1%
Win For Life$3,229,998$4,214,83230.5%
Lucky Lines$1,468,418$1,472,9240.3%
Pick 4$1,602,893$1,636,9932.1%

Winter storm impacts over $23 million in sales

In mid-January, Oregon saw a devastating winter storm that lasted for 12 days.

Officials called it one of the worst ice and windstorms the state had seen in 30 years.

Severe temperatures, winds, and freezing rain led to accumulations of 1-2 inches of ice forming on trees and power lines. That left hundreds of thousands in the state without power.

The Oregon Lottery Commission estimated sales losses due to the storm during its Q3 updates:

  • Video Lottery: Approximately $22 million
  • Scratch-its: Approximately $760,000
  • Jackpot games: Approximately $345,000
  • Keno: Approximately $335,000

Altogether, that is over $23 million. With those sales factored in, Oregon could be about $40 million ahead of where it sat a year ago.


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Drew Ellis

Drew Ellis

Lead Writer
A member of Catena Media since 2020, Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer at PlayiLottery, where he handles coverage of the online and retail lottery industry in the US. He previously spearheaded news content at PlayMichigan, where he covered one of the most prominent online lottery industries in the US — among the many other aspects of Michigan's sprawling iGaming market. You can email him at [email protected].
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