Rhode Island Has Record Month Of Lottery Sales In March

Sales continue to grow positively for the Rhode Island Lottery.

The state’s traditional sales, which include lottery draw games and instants, logged in at $31.2 million for March. It was a new monthly record for sales in the state.

On top of that, this past March’s sales were a 23% improvement on March of 2023. That month did $25.3 million in traditional sales.

With March’s big boost, Rhode Island is trending toward setting a new record for the fiscal year.

Instant tickets, Keno account for over $20 million

March sales saw Rhode Island continue to build on a strong fiscal year, with Keno and bingo hitting top marks for the year. Instant tickets continue to be the main driver for the state lottery.

Here’s a breakdown of the sales for the month.

  • Instant Tickets: $12.4 million
  • Keno: $8.6 million
  • Powerball: $4.0 million
  • Mega Millions: $3.0 million
  • Numbers Game: $1.9 million
  • Lucky for Life: $665,274
  • Wild Money: $474,876
  • Bingo: $220,328

Fiscal year sales up over 5%

With March’s total, Rhode Island sits at $243.7 million in traditional sales with three months remaining in the fiscal year.

Just two of the eight lottery options are down in sales for the year.

Here’s how the money breaks down through nine months of FY24.

  • Instant Tickets: $99.9 million, up 6.7%
  • Keno: $69.2 million, up 5.3%
  • Powerball: $29.3 million, up 18.8%
  • Mega Millions: $15.7 million, down 12.3%
  • Numbers Game: $17 million, up 2.8%
  • Lucky for Life: $5.8 million, up 1.5%
  • Wild Money: $5.1 million, down 22.3%
  • Bingo: $1.7 million, up 38.7%
  • Total: $243.7 million, up 5.5%

Sales not factoring iLottery

Rhode Island’s fiscal year thus far don’t even include the iLottery sales the state has done.

While the Rhode Island online lottery only includes some Keno and instant games, it still brought in $12.6 million in sales last fiscal year.

The state updates the online sales once the year has concluded on June 30.

Rhode Island is 5.5% ahead of last year’s pace at this point. Even with the iLottery sales factored in, the state would still be ahead of FY23’s pace.

Last year saw Rhode Island put together $316.3 million in lottery sales, including the $12.6 million that occurred online. That was a record for the state.

Fiscal year 2024 is proving that it should surpass that, especially when the iLottery sales are included.


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Graphic from Rhode Island Lottery

About the Author

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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