Wis. lottery sales up nearly 11 percent

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 11:43 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new report shows Wisconsin lottery sales increased nearly 11 percent over the past five years.

The Legislative Audit Bureau released a study Tuesday that shows sales grew from $494.7 million in fiscal year 2007-08 to $547.6 million in fiscal year 2011-12.

The report attributes the jump to increase sales of $20 instant games, the addition of the Mega Millions game and an increase in Powerball ticket prices from $1 to $2 in January 2012.

Lottery expenses totaled $391.2 million in fiscal year 2011-12, including $320 million in prices.

The Wisconsin Constitution requires net lottery proceeds be used to provide property tax relief. The report found proceeds provided $708 million in relief from fiscal years 2007-08 through 2011-12.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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