Where the Money Goes

Impact on our Players

Since inception, the Maine State Lottery has paid over $2.2 billion in prizes to winners.

Last year, winners were paid over $134 million in cash and merchandise prizes. The Maine State Lottery wants to make sure that our players have a variety of games to play and a variety of prizes to win.

Over the last year, the Maine State Lottery awarded $1 million to 5 lucky players of Powerball, Megabucks Plus and Weekly Grand; $500,000, $300,000, $250,000 and $100,000 to players of our instant ticket games; thousands of players received cash prizes of lesser amounts from all of our games as well; we gave away Toyota Highlanders, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons and a Chevrolet Camaro; technology items were a part of our prizes too from Apple iPads to Nintendo Wiis to 46” big screen televisions; winners went to Las Vegas; and fans of the New England Patriots will enjoy games during the 2011 season with game day and season tickets won from our Patriots Instant Ticket game. Maine’s Got the Prizes!

Impact on our local economy

Lottery sales have a significant economic impact on small and large businesses across the state. Last year alone, the Maine State Lottery paid $14 million in commissions and bonuses to approximately 1,300 lottery retail agents; that is an average $10,854 per agent.

In the last 36 years, lottery retail agents have been paid over $268 million in total commissions and bonuses. This is significant money that goes back into our local economy and used by small and large businesses in Maine.

Impact on all citizens of Maine

Since 1974, the Maine State Lottery has transferred over $1 billion to Maine State Government’s General Fund. This milestone occurred during the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 2011.

The average annual transfer to the General Fund since 2005 has been $50 million. In fiscal year 2010, the Maine State Lottery transferred a record $52.2 million to the General Fund.

General Fund contributions from the Maine State Lottery are redistributed by the Maine State Legislature and the Governor of Maine to over 250 various state programs and services that have a direct impact on the citizens of Maine.

Finally, since 1996, the Maine State Lottery has transferred $15.8 million to the Outdoor Heritage Fund. This money, generated from the proceeds of certain $1 instant ticket games, has been helping to fund critical conservation and wildlife projects throughout Maine.