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Record lottery ticket sales in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   For the second year in a row, the Wisconsin Lottery reports record ticket sales.

Lottery officials said $565-million in tickets were sold during the fiscal year ending June 30th. That’s 18-million more than last year’s sales record.

Instant scratch games brought in $326-million. Computer lotto games sold about $239-million. In

Wisconsin, lottery profits are used for property tax relief – and $160-million of last year’s revenues went toward that pot.

Almost $330-million in prizes were paid out, as 13 people won a million-dollars or more. Lottery retailers picked up $35-million in commissions.

Among other things, lotteries throughout the country were helped by a one-dollar price increase for Powerball tickets almost two years ago. The game was also tweaked so that more people are winning, and big-money jackpots are coming around more often. Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $116-million. It comes just two-and-a-half weeks after three players split the third-largest jackpot in Powerball history, at $448-million.