Massachusetts Lottery and Bonuses for Agents Selling Big Prizes

We know that when the Massachusetts State Lottery awards a prize to a lucky winner, the money comes from people's bets.

You may also know that when a store sells a grand prize, it also receives a bonus – but who pays that bonus?

Does it come from the jackpot or is it paid out by the lottery itself?

Since we couldn't find any information online, we turned to Massachusetts Lottery Chief Revenue Officer Steve Martins for the answer.

“Commissions and bonuses are not deducted from the price, but are integrated into the total payout of the instant ticket,” he said.

Martins said a lottery agent receives a five percent commission for each product he sells and a one percent commission for the items paid out.

They also receive a one percent bonus for selling a grand prize.

For example, if a person wins $1 million on the new Jaws scratch-off ticket, the store that sold that ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus.

Of course, the best thing about the Massachusetts State Lottery – at least for those of us who don't win – is that the lottery “returns net profits to the Commonwealth for distribution of vital, unrestricted local aid to all 351 cities and towns.” according to the lottery website.

“Lottery funds are not earmarked for specific programs, allowing cities and towns to decide how to use their funds,” the website says.

In fiscal year 2023, the lottery returned $1,193,902,136 to Commonwealth communities.

You can also find some interesting lottery trivia on the website.

For example, did you know that 2024 will mark the 50th anniversary of scratch cards in Massachusetts? The first game called “The Instant Game” was released in 1974. Each ticket cost $1, with the top prize being $10,000.

Last year also marked Keno's 30th anniversary in Massachusetts – and it was also the first year that someone won the $1 million top prize.

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