Big Itch for Scratch-off''s in Kentucky

Fiscal Year 2013 is off to a good start for the Kentucky Lottery.

According to Kentucky Lottery officials, first quarter sales showed an increase over last year's sales at this time.

For the 1st quarter, which ended on September 30, overall sales in Kentucky were $185.7 million.

This is $19.1 million or 10.3% more than the same quarter last year.

Two large Powerball jackpot runs, $337 million and $202 million, helped fuel sales for the first quarter.

Powerball sales were up $6.1 million or 33.1%.

Also contributing to the increase in sales was the Kentucky Lottery's daily games, Pick 3 and Pick 4.

Sales for these games were up $3.2 million or 10.9%.

Overall draw game sales were up $11.2 million or 16.1%.

Sales of scratch-off tickets are also trending positively, as they were more than $7.9 million or 6.8% higher than the same time last year.

Income before transfer of dividends was $54.2 million, which $4.1 million or an 8.1% increase when compared to the 1st quarter of last year.

"While we are pleased with the first quarter sales results, we are extremely proud to continue to earn dividends for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ultimately the young Kentuckians across the state who are able to continue their educations by attending colleges and universities, vocational and technical colleges with these funds," said Kentucky Lottery President & CEO Arch Gleason.

"More than nearly $188 million or 99.8% of these funds supported Kentucky's institutions of higher education during Fiscal Year 2012", added Gleason.

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