Despite recession, Minnesota lottery sales set record

The Minnesota Lottery appears to be recession-proof: In FY 2009, it had a record year, selling $481 million worth of lottery tickets at a time when lottery revenues in most other states decreased.

That was the report given Thursday to the House Commerce and Labor Committee from Lottery Director Clint Harris.

House Information Services says Harris expects the trend to continue for the next two years, with a record $123 million flowing from the lottery into the state coffers in FY2011.

Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Atkins wondered why Minnesota’s lottery proceeds keep going up, when others are falling. Harris said Minnesota lottery officials have done a good job of picking lottery games that people like.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 10/02/2009 - 01:05 pm.

    For shame perhaps the state should start selling illicit drugs also.

  2. Submitted by Brad Robinson on 10/05/2009 - 10:44 am.

    I’m not surprised. As the economy goes down, desperation goes up. Playing the lottery is an act of desperation. I don’t think it’s because of “fun” new games. But I do like the commercials, they are fun.

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