Strong May Has Kansas Lottery Pushing For Record Sales Year

Through 11 months of the fiscal year, the Kansas Lottery remains right in line with last year’s record-setting sales pace.

The state reported its May sales results earlier this week. After 11 months, Kansas sits at $313.2 million.

At this time a year ago, it had $313.4 million in sales. The year-over-year difference is just 0.05%.

That gap was a little bit larger coming into May, but last month saw Kansas generate $26.4 million in sales through lottery draw games, scratchers, and instants. May sales were 7.3% greater than the total from May 2023 ($24.6 million).

Last month’s spark gives the state a chance for another record-setting year in 2024.

Mega Millions, instants power Kansas Lottery numbers in May

May sales were heavily carried by Mega Millions and instants. Both saw significant increases from a year ago.

Here’s a look at last month’s numbers and how they compared to May 2023:

  • Instants and pull tabs: $17.5 million, up 7.1%
  • Powerball: $2.1 million, down 6.6%
  • Mega Millions: $2.0 million, up 70.1%
  • Super Kansas Cash: $1.4 million, up 12.1%
  • Keno: $768,697, down 8.2%
  • Pick 3: $701,008, down 4.3%
  • Lucky 4 Life: $640,584, down 1.3%
  • Racetrax: $639,523, down 7.8%
  • Lotto America: $410,367, down 7.2%
  • 2 by 2: $120,247, down 19.1%

Record fiscal year within reach in Kansas

Entering June, the final month of the fiscal year, Kansas is less than $200,000 behind FY23’s record sales pace.

Last year, the state recorded $338.2 million in total sales, which blew away the previous record. Prior to that, FY21 held the top mark with $326 million.

Here’s a look at what games have amassed for the year in Kansas and how they are trending compared to a year ago:

  • Instants and pull tabs: $185.3 million, down 1.5%
  • Powerball: $48.8 million, up 18.3%
  • Mega Millions: $28.2 million, down 9%
  • Super Kansas Cash: $10.1 million, up 13.5%
  • Keno: $9.1 million, down 2.8%
  • Pick 3: $7.6 million, down 3.2%
  • Lucky 4 Life: $7.3 million, up 0.3%
  • Racetrax: $7.2 million, up 0.6%
  • Lotto America: $5.3 million, down 35.5%
  • Raffle: $3 million, even
  • 2 by 2: $1.4 million, down 2.7%

Regardless of what happens in June, Kansas is recording its fourth consecutive year with lottery sales eclipsing $300 million.

 

Photo by Janusz Pienkowski via Shutterstock
Graphic from the Kansas 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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