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LOTTERY SALES REACH NEW HIGH IN 2010

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
ST. PAUL - State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, announces gross sales from Minnesota State Lottery reached $499.2 million in fiscal year 2010, eclipsing the 2009 mark and setting a new record. House District 18B - spanning most of Meeker County and the western portion of Wright - contributed nearly $4.6 million in sales of lottery products during 2010. Sales included $3.6 million in scratch games and nearly $1 million in lotto games, surpassing the 2009 record by approximately $200,000. “The lottery is one source of state revenue which not only has stayed level during the recession, it’s increased,” Urdahl said. “This has helped us fund important natural resources and environmental projects during tough economic times.” A total of 34 District 18B businesses served as lottery retailers in 2010, earning almost $285,000 in commissions and incentives. Those sales resulted in estimated contributions of approximately $621,000 to the General Fund, $289,000 to the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and $108,000 to each the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund. The $499.9 million in statewide sales resulted in contributions of $122.5 million to state programs, with $65.5 million to the General Fund, $31.3 million to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and $11.7 million to both the Natural Resources Fund and the Game and Fish Fund. A chart showing how lottery revenue s appropriated can be found under the “news and info” tab at www.mnlottery.com. -30-
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