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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
ST. PAUL - State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, announced gross sales from Minnesota State Lottery sales in District 18B topped $4 million in fiscal year 2008. Sales of scratch tickets exceeded $3 million and online games accounted for $995,000. The 31 businesses in District 18B that sell lottery tickets earned nearly $242,000 in commissions and incentives. “Statewide sales were up by about $19 million from 2007, so the lottery continues providing sizeable funding for the environment and natural resources,” Urdahl said. “The people of Meeker and Wright counties benefit from this financial support.” Lottery sales in 18B resulted in contributions of more than $262,000 to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and about $556,000 to the General Fund. These amounts include unclaimed prize money. The Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund each received nearly $91,000, while $2 million in prizes was redeemed. Statewide sales in fiscal year 2008 totaled $462 million, producing $116 million for state programs. The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund received $31 million in net proceeds; $64 million was transferred to the General Fund as net proceeds, in-lieu-of-sales tax, unclaimed prizes and problem gambling contributions; and the Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund each received $11 million from the sales tax. A chart showing exactly how the lottery revenue was divided can be found online at -30- Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fourth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
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