The Massachusetts Lottery is got a much needed tech boost few months back. The lottery system replaced its IT system for the first time in 20 years. It’s a critical change for a system that handles millions of lottery transactions each year. The new IT system now connects with more than 7,500 new lottery terminals that have already been rolled out over the last year.
According to Massachusetts Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney, the IT upgrade will ensure the stability of the system which brings in approximately $1 billion in profit to cities and towns each fiscal year. An upgrade like this one happens once every 15 to 20 years. This will allow them to process transactions quicker, a greater volume of transactions, and it will also allow lotteries to better expand into a digital footprint that most of the world currently occupies. The expanded digital footprint also positions the lottery to engage with customers on other platforms, if the state allows it. One example is an online lottery, as state Treasurer Deb Goldberg has pushed for.
The new IT system is the final step in a multi-year project to upgrade the state lottery. The project is expected cost about $59 million.
The Massachusetts State Lottery was established by the legislature in 1971 in response to the need for revenues for the 351 cities and towns of the commonwealth. To provide an operating structure for the Lottery, the Legislature established a five-member commission that includes the state treasurer as chairperson, the secretary of public safety, the state comptroller, and two gubernatorial appointees. The Commissioners set overall policy for the Lottery that reflects its statutory mission and vision. They advise and make recommendations to the Executive Director of the Lottery regarding its operation and administration.
Lottery games you can play at Massachuesetts
To play the lottery games in Massachusetts you need to visit your nearest lottery agent or store that sells lottery tickets and play these games. You need to be 18 and over years of age to play lottery at this state.
The Massachusetts State Lottery offers six games that require manual drawings: The Daily Numbers Game, Megabucks, Lucky for Life, Mass Cash, Mega Millions and Powerball . With the exception of the multi-state games Mega Millions, Powerball and Lucky for Life which are drawn out-of-state, all Massachusetts’ drawings are conducted in a secure studio at Lottery headquarters in Braintree, Massachusetts.
The Mega Millions drawing is conducted by the Georgia Lottery at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday and Friday at 11:24 p.m. Eastern Time (10:24 p.m. Central Time, 9:24 p.m. Mountain Time, 8:24 p.m. Pacific Time)
The Powerball drawing is conducted by the Florida Lottery at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday and Saturday at 11:20 p.m. Eastern Time (9:20 Central; 8:20 p.m. Mountain; 7:20 p.m. Pacific.)
The Lucky for Life drawing is conducted by the Connecticut Lottery on Monday and Thursday at 10:38 p.m.
You can find your lottery games result online at their site or with their lottery app.