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Maryland Lottery reports record yearly sales, aided by Powerball and scratch-offs

Maryland Lottery reports record yearly sales, aided by Powerball and scratch-offs

The Maryland Lottery today reported record sales during the 2016 fiscal year, buoyed by the increased popularity of scratch-off tickets and a $1.6 billion jackpot that revived a slumping Powerball game.

Lottery ticket sales rose to $1.9 billion in the year ending June 30, topping the previous record of $1.8 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. Sales were up 8.2 percent over the previous year.

The gain was fueled partly by the surging popularity of instant tickets, sales of which topped $611 million. That was an increase of $65.2 million, or 12 percent, from the year before. Instant tickets cost from $1 to $20 and are so called because players can find out immediately if they...

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