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Calif. lottery sales up 7 percent

California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: Calif. lottery sales up 7 percent

Lottery sales are up 7 percent halfway through the fiscal year, the California Lottery reported over the weekend, representing an increase of $119 million.

Lottery sales totaled $1.75 billion in the first two quarters, up from $1.53 billion in the same period a year ago. The lottery is coming off a record year that recorded sales of $3.33 billion.

The state lottery commission credited the Mega Millions game and Scratchers with bingo and crossword themes for increasing interest.

Officials said in a press release that they expect this year's sales to exceed last year's $1.18 billion contribution to the state education fund. The lottery was created in 1984 to generate supplemental funding for public schools. For every dollar spent on lottery products, at least 34 cents is returned to the classroom.

Sacramento Business Journal

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Posted: February 7, 2006, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

I'm happy that CA's sales have gone up this year. I hope that CA keeps Mega Millions after the hearing is scheduled around March. Otherwise, their sales will start to fall again.

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    Posted: February 7, 2006, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

    So good for them especially since the MM had such a tumultous start.  I always thought that their sales would increase with a game like MM because there are so many people in the state who wanted to support a game like MM.  Now we need a USA Lottery Patriotof all fifty states!  Many all over the US had family and friends deavasted by Katrina.  We need a national lottery funded for natural disasters, I think.

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      Posted: February 7, 2006, 9:12 pm - IP Logged

      Lots of money always begets lots of money.  Whether for individuals or the government.  I wonder how they are handling the temptation that hordes of money brings.

      Cheers

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        Posted: February 7, 2006, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

        Yeah how about an el Gordo national type game for the united states that will benefit worthwhile causes like katrina, and homelessness, while paying back 70% to the players. Do it twice a year. On fourth of July and New Years Eve.  $100 bucks a ticket, Billion in sales, 700 million paid back to players, 300 million to go to good causes and administrative.  10 million tickets sold overall. 

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          Posted: February 8, 2006, 7:58 am - IP Logged

          too bad california is computerized though.thats the one sad part....


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            Posted: February 8, 2006, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

            CA Super Lotto Plus is ball-drawn. I bought $2 in CA tickets during my October trip.


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              Posted: February 8, 2006, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

              I agree with you CASH Only on CA SLP being ball drawn. I wished that CA eliminated all of the computerized drawings on the rest of their lotto games. Eliminating computerized drawings makes sales better and each of the games would be more fair.


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                I agree with you CASH Only on CA SLP being ball drawn. I wished that CA eliminated all of the computerized drawings on the rest of their lotto games. Eliminating computerized drawings makes sales better and each of the games would be more fair.

                I probably would not have played SLP if it used computers.

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                  Posted: March 3, 2006, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

                  Why would California consider switching to a ball drawing?  That would be the ultimate in stupidity!  They are cleaning up with the computer!  Why change horses when you are riding a winner!!!  Because they are interested in the players?  Because they care about someones opinion? Heheheheheheheh!!!!  It is all about the money, nothing else.  Only the money!! Money, money, money, money!  Not for fun, not for enjoyment, not for improvement of mankind.  M-O-N-E-Y! When they loose money on computer drawings, they will consider an alternative.  NOT until then.  It is NOT a popularity contest, it is about money!

                  Cheers

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                    Posted: March 4, 2006, 10:07 am - IP Logged

                    Why would California consider switching to a ball drawing?  That would be the ultimate in stupidity!  They are cleaning up with the computer!  Why change horses when you are riding a winner!!!  Because they are interested in the players?  Because they care about someones opinion? Heheheheheheheh!!!!  It is all about the money, nothing else.  Only the money!! Money, money, money, money!  Not for fun, not for enjoyment, not for improvement of mankind.  M-O-N-E-Y! When they loose money on computer drawings, they will consider an alternative.  NOT until then.  It is NOT a popularity contest, it is about money!

                    Speaking of horses, CA Daily Derby is drawn by computer.

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                      Posted: March 4, 2006, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

                      Why would California consider switching to a ball drawing?  That would be the ultimate in stupidity!  They are cleaning up with the computer!  Why change horses when you are riding a winner!!!  Because they are interested in the players?  Because they care about someones opinion? Heheheheheheheh!!!!  It is all about the money, nothing else.  Only the money!! Money, money, money, money!  Not for fun, not for enjoyment, not for improvement of mankind.  M-O-N-E-Y! When they loose money on computer drawings, they will consider an alternative.  NOT until then.  It is NOT a popularity contest, it is about money!

                      Speaking of horses, CA Daily Derby is drawn by computer.

                      AND that horse makes the state money!  Mr. Ed was a happy horse and so is the state capital!  Let a few win, publicize it enough, and every idiot thinks a lot of people won.  No need to change it!  If they make money for the Lottery Directors, and they do, then computer drawings are great!  Basic Business 101.  You only need to change your model when the profits decrease! So far, no need!  It is about the money and ONLY the money.  It hasn't been about fairness since 1778!

                      Cheers

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