Va. Lottery earns record $538.6 million

A Mega Millions lottery ticket is displayed on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th would bring them good luck in the recently revamped Mega Millions game, as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot from $400 million to $425 million for Friday's drawing. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
A Mega Millions lottery ticket is displayed on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th would bring them good luck in the recently revamped Mega Millions game, as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot from $400 million to $425 million for Friday's drawing. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Lottery says it earned a record $538.6 million in the most recent fiscal year on the strength of sales of instant scratch-off tickets and a huge Mega Millions jackpot drawing in December.

The Lottery says the profit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 broke the mark of $487.1 million set in in fiscal 2012. Lottery sales in fiscal 2013 grew 7.2 percent to a record $1.81 billion.

Executive Director Paula Otto says the number of people buying Virginia Lottery tickets grew 2 percent.

A $636 million Mega Millions jackpot last December, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, resulted in more than $16 million in profit for the Virginia Lottery from jackpot ticket sales.

Under state law, all lottery profit goes to Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

 

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