A Maryland lottery jackpot up to $1.6 million has generated more than $1,000 million in additional revenue for the state and generated more state income tax revenue than the combined statewide lottery revenues of all other lottery states, according to data released Wednesday by the Maryland Lottery Commission.

    Maryland is one of several states that have boosted their lottery revenues since the state increased the statewide jackpot from $50 to $5.

    The increase in lottery revenues is the biggest boost to the state’s economy since the recession and is expected to be a net positive for the Maryland economy, said the commission’s Director of Revenue Operations, Kristin Rafferty.

    The Maryland Lotteries Authority reported in its annual report that Maryland’s lottery revenue increased 7.1 percent to $6,933.6 billion in the first six months of 2017.

    This was more than the state was spending during the recession at $6.5 billion, and more than was spent during the Great Recession at $5 billion.

    The revenue increase was fueled by an increase in the statewide lottery jackpots, which generated an estimated $972.4 million for the fiscal year ending in March 2018.

    The jackpot increase was also credited to increased lottery purchases from other states, such as California and Massachusetts, which increased their jackpot by $2.3 billion.

    The Maryland Lotters Association said it expects to see another $200 million increase in jackpot revenue in 2021, when Maryland will be one of six states that will increase the statewide maximum jackpot.

    The total increase in revenue for Maryland came from the addition of the Maryland Power and Light Lottery to the lottery.

    The state will continue to grow its lottery revenue in line with the economy, Raffer, said in a press release.

    The commission also reported that the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles received a total of $832.7 million in new lottery payments in the second quarter of 2017, which represents a 5.9 percent increase over the prior quarter.

    The department reported that it generated $532 million in sales taxes, which represented 4.9 percentage points higher than the previous quarter.

    The increase in sales tax revenue in Maryland comes as Maryland is facing a significant increase in vehicle registration fees.

    Maryland will have to hike fees for some residents to qualify for the new surcharge of $5 on their registration for all new vehicles.

    The surcharge will apply to vehicles registered in Maryland prior to January 1, 2020.

    The additional $500 million in state income taxes generated in the state is part of a $4 billion state revenue increase for the first half of the fiscal 2018 budget, which was approved by the legislature on April 14, 2018.

    The commission reports that Maryland was also one of the first states to increase its state income-tax revenue from 2018 through 2019.

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