The Pennsylvania Lottery said it enjoyed its most successful year in its 41-year history in 2011-12, generating more than $1 billion for programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians.

Fiscal year 2011-12 lottery sales totaled $3.48 billion, which was $273 million, or 8.5 percent, above the previous year and prior all-time sales record.

Net revenue to the Lottery Fund for fiscal year 2011-12 totaled $1.06 billion, which was $100 million, or 10.4 percent, more than the previous year. That was also $85 million -- 8.7 percent -- more than the previous profit record achieved in fiscal year 2005-06.

"The funds generated by the Pennsylvania Lottery this fiscal year helped support programs that provide services such as Older Adult Protective Services, in-home personal care, free transportation, meals, tax rebates and prescription drug assistance to thousands of older Pennsylvanians aimed to protect their independence, preserve their health and improve the quality of their life," said Secretary of Aging Brian Duke.

Instant games sales for the fiscal year totaled $2.13 billion, which was $212.5 million, or 11.1 percent, higher than the previous year. Instant games accounted for 61.3 percent of fiscal year 2011-12 sales, as compared to 59.9 percent in 2010-11.

Sales for terminal-based games - including The Daily Number, Big 4, Quinto, Treasure Hunt, Cash 5, Match 6, Millionaire Raffle, Powerball and Mega Millions - totaled $1.35 billion for the fiscal year, which was $60.5 million, or 4.7 percent, more than the previous year.

Powerball sales of $277.7 million were $63.5 million, or 29.7 percent, more than last year, indicating enhancements made to the game this year to offer larger jackpots, better odds and more million-dollar prizes were welcomed by players, the lottery said.

Mega Millions sales of $151.2 million were $25 million, or 19.8 percent, more than last year, illustrating the significant sales impact of a world-record jackpot in March and suggesting Mega Millions continues to gain popularity with players, the lottery said.