2006-03-20 16:08:56.837

March Lottery Proceeds Set New Record; Jansen Credits Staff, Retailers

The Missouri Lottery transferred a record $26.7 million to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education on March 17. The transfer surpasses the prior monthly proceeds record of $26.5 million set on Nov. 18, 2005. The March transfer of $26,735,519 is based on record February ticket sales, and it brings the total Lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2006 to more than $190.3 million.
"February’s record sales can be attributed to the record $365 million Powerball jackpot and record Scratchers sales," said Larry Jansen, executive director for the Missouri Lottery.
In addition to proceeds setting a record, February was also a record month for sales which totaled $94,198,347. The previous sales record was $88.5 million set in October 2005.
"I am very proud of the effort of the entire Lottery staff, who, through their professionalism, hard work and prudent use of our limited resources, are doing their very best to maximize revenue for public education," Jansen said.
"Our more than 5,000 retailers also play an important role in this success by carrying and selling our products to the public," Jansen said. "For their efforts, they earned more than $5.6 million in commissions and benefited from increased traffic through their stores."
To date, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $2.6 billion in proceeds for the state, including education, since ticket sales began in January 1986.
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Five Scratchers Games to Expire in Next Month

Five Missouri Lottery Scratchers games are scheduled to expire on May 8. Those games are:
  • 529 - "Casino Cash";
  • 531 - "Hot 7’s";
  • 539 - "Fast $50";
  • 547 - "Lucky 7’s Bingo";
  • 551 - "$100,000 Bingo."
For a complete list of expiration dates and games, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at: http://www.molottery.com/app/scratchers.do.

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