California Lottery Sees Record with $5.5 Billion Sold in Tickets

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Lottery posted more than $5.5 billion in total sales during the fiscal year ending June 30, the highest sales total in the state’s lottery history.

The Sacrament Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1eoOUj3 ) preliminary figures show that’s about 10 percent more than the previous year’s then-record of $5.03 billion dollars.

Now in its 30th year, the lottery’s 2014-15 numbers will generate about $1.3 billion for schools. That’s about 1.6 percent of the $83.2 billion overall funding for California K-12 schools in the current budget year.

The California Lottery says driving last year’s sales growth were gains in sales of Scratchers tickets, which totaled $3.9 billion.

Lottery officials expect $6 billion in total sales for the current fiscal year, which would mean about $1.4 billion for schools.

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