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Georgia Lottery sales hit record $1.56 billion
The Georgia Lottery Corp., which finances the HOPE Scholarship program, Thursday announced record sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007. Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco said the six-month numbers were $28.4 million ahead of the same period last year, which was a record at the time. The fiscal year began July 1. Sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007 totaled $1.56 billion, with $400 million going to education more than $4.1 million ahead of last year. The rest ...
Jan 19, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum

N.J. Lottery breaks weekly sales record
The New Jersey Lottery today announced that it had a record-breaking week for instant-ticket sales at the end of 2006. Lottery officials said $28,563,561 worth of 'scratch-off' tickets were sold from December 21-27. The previous record for one week of sales was $26.9 million December 22 thorugh 28, 2005. Total lottery sales for fiscal 2006 was also a record $2.4 billion.
Jan 5, 2007, 3:55 pm - Lottery News forum

Male nurse wins record German lottery jackpot
The biggest jackpot in the history of Germany's national lottery went to a male nurse. A 41-year-old male hospital nurse who is the father of three children, organizers said Tuesday, three days after the winning number was drawn. The man had phoned the West Lotto company from the hospital in the western Westphalia region during the morning, but asked that his name not be published. In the city of Muenster, West Lotto spokesman Elmar Bamfaste said the winner of the 37.7 million euro (US$47 ...
Oct 12, 2006, 4:24 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery hits new sales record
Scratch-offs are biggest chunk of $3.77 billion, as Lotto Texas' popularity drops Officials with the Texas Lottery Commission took a gamble on scratch-off games a few years ago and, according to the latest figures, the bet's paid off: The agency's overall ticket sales rose to $3.77 billion in fiscal 2006, the highest total in the agency's history, with most of the increase coming from the games that provide immediate gratification. The big growth is in the scratch-offs, said Robert Heith ...
Sep 27, 2006, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery sales hit record $1 billion
It's official: the Oregon Lottery surpassed $1 billion in sales this past year. It's the first time since the Oregon Lottery started in April 1985 that sales for the year that ended June 30 surpassed the mark. For the previous year, sales were a record $937 million. Record sales also meant a record transfer of $483.6 million to the state economic-development fund. About one-third of that money is earmarked by voters for an education reserve fund, parks, watershed enhancements and salmon ...
Aug 9, 2006, 10:19 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery sales in Pa. hit record $3 billion
Pennsylvania Lottery sales for the 2005-06 fiscal year reached a record $3.07 billion, Gov. Rendell said yesterday. Sales grew by $425 million, the largest dollar increase in the lottery's 34-year history, leaving the agency with a $400 million surplus. The state will use half that money to expand property-tax and rent-rebate programs for senior citizens, said Stephanie Weyant, a spokeswoman for the state Revenue Department. The expanded rebates will go out in 2007 to pay for the 2006 tax ...
Aug 1, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum

Ohio Lottery rides record-setting sales growth
Instant tickets continue to drive the highest sales growth in the history of the Ohio Lottery. Successful marketing and an increasing number of players have pushed sales up $55 million, a 4.6-percent increase, in 2006. Patty Vasil, Ohio Lottery deputy director of product development, said $10 and $20 instant games, and games tied to name brand merchandise prizes, may account for the rise in instant game popularity. They attract a player who may not purchase lottery tickets, but likes the ...
Jul 19, 2006, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum

Idaho Lottery to pay state a record $33 million
Idaho Lottery officials say school districts and public buildings hit a record jackpot this year with $33 million in profits from ticket sales. The dividend announced today is split evenly between Idaho's public schools and the state's Permanent Building Fund. It's the third straight year of record-setting dividends for the state-sanctioned gambling program. Sales during the fiscal year that ends Friday were $131 million, up 16 percent from last year. The biggest money maker for the Id ...
Jun 29, 2006, 1:24 pm - Lottery News forum

$82 Million: California lottery jackpot keeps rolling
Currently the largest lottery jackpot in the worldOne more roll will make it the largest California jackpot in two years The jackpot in the California SuperLotto Plus lottery game grew to $82 million Thursday currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world. None of the tickets sold for Wednesday night's $76 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega number. The next drawing will be Saturday night. There were six second-prize winners from Wednesday night's drawing, ...
Jun 22, 2006, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum

Record Mass. Lottery sales, despite high fuel prices
Bob Hurtubise mused Thursday about what he would do if he hit it big on a Lottery game. The Ashburnham, Massachusetts, resident would buy a nice house and secure savings for his kids, he said. I'll play a quick pick on big number games, Hurtubise said. But I'll just play one. If you're doing any more than that, you're just making donations. Now that gas prices have reached nearly $3 per gallon, he guessed more people will hold onto their cash for other expenses. That money's ...
Jun 12, 2006, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum