GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The state lottery is on track to hit record sales this year, but the impact of incoming casinos has yet to be felt. 22News spoke with Franklin County residents about whether a casino will change their gambling habits.
Massachusetts Lottery officials say they are on course to make about $935 million in profits this year, which dropped from a $947 million estimate, but will still be a record. Overall sales during the first 11 months of the year were up $136 million.
June was a high payout month with one 15 million, one 10 million and ten 1 million dollar prizes. The average player spends about $20 to $30 on games.
22News asked one man if the resort casino planned for Springfield will change whether he buys a scratch ticket or plays the state lotto, “Yea I would still buy a ticket. If I’m here I’ll buy it. To drive all the way down to Springfield to gamble some money, unless I’m going down there, is kind of too far to go,” said David Mejias of Greenfield.
Lottery officials are paying close attention to gaming operations at the Plainridge Park Casino which opened recently. Much of the money that is made through the state lottery is given back to communities as local aid.