State lottery sales drop in '09

By Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Lottery reported Friday that it made its largest-ever contribution to the state treasury, despite overall sales slipping by nearly 5%.

Sales for the fiscal year that ended in June totaled $772.5 million, down from $810.5 million the previous year, a drop of $38 million, or 4.7%.

But the lottery says its contribution to the state reached a record $214.3 million, up by $9.9 million, or 4.8%, from the previous year.

Lottery President Arch Gleason says instant ticket sales fell for the year, but the more profitable online games increased sales in 2009. The lottery says sales were boosted by the addition of the multi-state Mega Millions game, which has generated $9.9 million in sales since January.

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