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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Lottery says it's set a new sales record. Its sales for Fiscal Year 2012 were $823.5 million. That includes $55.7 million in free tickets.
The old record was in Fiscal Year 2009, and was $810.5 million.
Record sales mean record-breaking proceeds given over to the state. The lottery earned $216.4 million for scholarship and grants programs. It paid out $459.1 million to lottery players.
Lottery officials credit improving economic conditions and changes to the scratch-off ticket program for a large part of the sales increase. They also cited Powerball becoming a $2 game and the launch of the 5 Card Cash game.