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Hochul proposes lessening Quick Draw restrictions

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has presented her 2023-24 executive budget plan that seeks to eliminate two restrictions on the New York Lottery’s Quick Draw game.

Currently, Quick Draw can only be played in facilities with a minimum size of 2,500 square feet, which the state Division of Budget claims is limiting the number of eligible license agents and reducing earnings. The proposal aims to remove this provision, leading to an estimated increase of $11 million in revenue for the 2023-24 fiscal year and $22 million annually in future years.

Another restriction targeted by the budget plan is the minimum age limit for playing Quick Draw in facilities that serve alcohol. The state Division of Budget states that the age limit of 21 hampers Quick Draw sales, as players must be at least 18 years old to participate, but 21 if alcohol is served. Hochul’s proposal aims to remove this restriction, leading to an increase in revenue.

Quick Draw is one of the most popular games offered by the New York Lottery, generating $663.5 million in total sales in the 2021-22 fiscal year, with $202.2 million directed towards supporting New York schools. The game involves multiple drawings throughout the day, with players choosing up to 10 numbers between 1-80 or using the Quick Pick feature to select random numbers. If all 10 numbers match, players can win up to $100,000, with other prizes available for matching fewer numbers.