Where the Money Goes

Facts & Figures

Monthly casino revenue numbers are published here.

MLGCA Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and Fiscal Year Reviews are available here.

FY2021 Summary

The Maryland Lottery and the state’s six casinos combined to contribute an all-time high of $1.391 billion to Maryland’s good causes in Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021).

The Lottery shattered its previous profit record by 12.5%, while the casinos also generated a record-setting contribution to the state despite operating at limited capacity for much of FY2021 due to COVID-19. The combined total of Lottery and casino contributions to the state beat the previous record of $1.311 billion in FY2019 by $80 million (6.1%). Together, the Lottery and casinos support a wide variety of state programs and services.

Profits from the sale of Lottery tickets contributed $667.4 million to state programs, easily outdistancing the previous record of $593.1 million in FY2019. Lottery profits support the Maryland General Fund, which provides budgets for many programs, including education and public health and safety services.

The casinos contributed $723.5 million to the state, a 0.8% increase from the previous record for state contributions set in FY2019.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming’s operating expenses remained low at 3.4% of sales on the Lottery side, and 0.7% of total gaming revenues for the casino program.

For a complete FY2021 year-end review, click here.

Traditional Lottery

Lottery sales reached a new record of $2.611 billion, surpassing the previous mark set in FY2019 by $414 million (18.8%). For the seventh consecutive year, sales of scratch-off tickets set an all-time record, totaling $993.4 million, a 16.5% increase from the previous record set in FY2020.

Lottery players won more than $1.657 billion in prizes — an all-time record by a margin of 21.7%. Players won an average of $4.5 million per day in prizes during FY2021.

Retailer sales and cashing commissions totaled $197.2 million, eclipsing the previous record by 19.2%. Commissions averaged $45,000 per retailer. The Lottery has 4,377 retail locations across the state.

Casino Gaming

Maryland’s six casinos generated $1.746 billion in gaming revenue despite operating at limited capacity for nearly nine months of the fiscal year. Total revenue was down just 0.9% from the all-time record set in FY2019.

Of the $723.5 million in casino revenue that was contributed to the state, $531.4 million went to the Education Trust Fund (ETF), which supports early childhood education, public elementary and secondary education, public school construction and capital improvement projects. From the opening of the state’s first casino in 2010 through the end of FY2021, nearly $4 billion had been contributed to the ETF.

FY2021 casino revenue was also contributed to the following beneficiaries:

  • Local aid: $92.2 million, divided between local impact grants and local jurisdictions.
  • Maryland’s horse racing industry: $78.8 million, divided between the Racetrack Facility Renewal and Horse Racing Purse Dedication accounts.
  • Maryland’s Small, Minority and Women-owned Business Fund: $17 million
  • Responsible gaming programs: $4.1 million.