By November 1 of each year, the Nebraska Lottery is required by law to deliver its written annual report to the Governor and the Legislature. The report is a public record.
The 2012 Annual Report and Resource Guide (for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2011, and ended on June 30, 2012) contains a number of notable highlights.
During the fiscal year, the Nebraska Lottery released the $1 Sodbusting Scratch game to commemorate the 150th year of the Homestead Act, and launched two Scratch games, Frisbee Disc and Skee Ball, with interactive bonus games. Enhancements to the multi-state Powerball game were made on January 15, 2012.
An increased focus on the Nebraska Lottery Facebook page during the fiscal year attracted new fans to “like” the page and receive updates from the Lottery. Currently, the page has more than 14,000 total “likes.”
Sales of all Nebraska Lottery games (Scratch and Lotto) for the fiscal year totaled $150.6 million. Total sales of Scratch and Lotto tickets during the third quarter (January, February, and March 2012) were $44.7 million, the highest quarterly sales for the Nebraska Lottery since 1993.
Beneficiary Fund Contributions
Total contributions to Nebraska Lottery beneficiary funds passed $449 million with the June quarterly transfer. During the fiscal year, Nebraska Lottery beneficiary funds received a total of $36 million.
Beyond these highlights, the 2012 Annual Report and Resource Guide contains information about general operations and major winners claimed at Nebraska Lottery claim centers.