Kentucky Lottery announces record sales in 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Lottery has announced record ticket sales in 2018.

A statement from the lottery says it recorded sales of $1.04 billion, which is 4 percent more than the previous year’s sales. It also gave $253 million to the state general fund, which is a record amount.

Officials say scratch-off tickets were once again the largest individual game category, finishing the fiscal year at just over $613 million. That’s up $9.3 million from 2017.

Mega Millions had the largest percentage increase of any Kentucky Lottery game, rising nearly 37 percent from $10.7 million to $39.8 million. Officials say several large jackpots during the year spurred the increase.

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