LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Lottery says its revenue for draw games surged in May compared to a year earlier, but scratch-off ticket sales dipped.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the lottery pocketed $41.1 million last month, an increase of nearly $700,000 over May 2018. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley blames last month's $1.6 million drop in scratch-off revenue mainly on bad weather. He attributes the boost in draw games to large Mega Millions and Powerball rollover totals and a record Natural State Jackpot.
Lottery revenue for the 2019 fiscal year stood at $477.8 million as of Monday, compared to $462.8 million by this time last year.