NEW YORK — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday that lottery ticket activity rose slightly last month, as more people chose to buy lottery tickets.
The bureau said that ticket sales increased 9.1% from the prior month, and total lottery ticket inventory increased 4.4%.
Including purchases of lottery tickets from retailers, the number of U.N. members purchasing lottery tickets rose 3.6%.
The bureau reported that total lottery tickets sold were $1.18 trillion, up 1.1 billion from March 2017.
The U.K. reported that lottery sales were up 8.7%.
The British government said Tuesday that British lottery sales rose 5.5% to $5.5 billion.
The United States reported that its lottery sales dropped 2.9% to just over $4 billion.
and other lottery companies say that while they appreciate the economic impact of the March 2018 lottery, they are not concerned about the pace of growth this year.
BLS Commissioner Joseph S. Stiglitz said that despite the surge in lottery sales, the overall economy has slowed since the end of last year, and that “economic uncertainty has weighed heavily on economic activity.”
Stiglitz acknowledged that the economy has been hit by a number of factors, including the implementation of the tax credit, which boosted lottery sales.