FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2015 photo, Port Byron resident Richard Loveless, center, talks about the numbers he played to win $42 million from the New York State Lottery at the Weedsport Pit Stop.

New York's lottery and video lottery games had a record-breaking 2018-19 fiscal year. 

The New York Lottery is the first North American lottery business to break $10 billion in combined sales and net win for a fiscal year. The state's fiscal year began April 1, 2018 and ended March 31, 2019. 

The state Gaming Commission reported the traditional lottery games generated more than $8.2 billion in sales during the last fiscal year. New York has the seventh-most profitable state-administered lottery in the world. The state trails China, which has two national lotteries, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

New York's video lottery games generated a net win of more than $2.08 billion. The net win is the money the state receives after prizes have been paid. The video lottery haul is tops in the United States and third behind two Italian operators, according to the state Gaming Commission. 

The commission noted that the lottery's record-breaking profits benefited school districts across New York. The New York Lottery provided $3.47 billion in aid to districts, a $102 million increase over the 2017-18 fiscal year. 

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In the 2018-19 school year, Cayuga County-area school districts received millions of dollars in lottery aid. The Auburn Enlarged City School District, the largest district in the area, got $6.19 million. The other districts in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES system received between $706,000 and $1.97 million. 

Since 1977, Cayuga County-area school districts received more than $440 million in school aid from the state lottery. 

"New York's long history of increasing earnings for New York's public K-12 schools is a direct result of sound business planning, mature and responsible stewardship of our lottery and video lottery products, and a fundamental continuous improvement effort," said Robert Williams, acting executive director of the state Gaming Commission. 

The lottery games also benefited New York businesses. Video lottery gaming operators received $964 million in commissions during the 2018-19 fiscal year. New York Lottery retailers received commissions totaling $492 million. 

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Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.


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