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Lottery breaks all-time sales record in state

Published On: Aug 27 2013 05:33:24 PM CDT
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The Wisconsin Lottery has set a new all-time sales record for the second year in row, according to a release.

The lottery reported $565.6 million in sales for the 2013 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the release. The reported sales will generate an estimated $160 million in property tax relief.

Lottery officials said the sales in 2013 were $18 million more than the previous record set one year earlier in fiscal year 2012.

Sales were up in both the instant and lotto game categories, according to the release. Instant scratch sales were led by $10 and $20 tickets.

Lottery sales were driven by the $2 Powerball jackpot that got up to $590 million in May and three other jackpots of more than $300 million during the fiscal year, officials said. Lottery retailers across the state made nearly $35 million from ticket sales.

Over the past fiscal year, more than $329 million in prizes were paid, with 13 players winning $1 million or more, according to the release.

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