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Economy expected to slow lottery sales

State lottery director Tom Shaheen said Wednesday that lottery officials expect the slowing economy to crimp ticket sales next year.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State lottery director Tom Shaheen said Wednesday that lottery officials expect the slowing economy to crimp ticket sales next year.

Officials now project sales of about $1.25 billion between next July and the end of June 2010. The state has budgeted about $1.27 billion in sales for the current fiscal year.

The lottery is on track to meet its sales budget for 2009, a spokesman said.

 

The news came the same day that Shaheen announced the North Carolina Education Lottery had shifted $99.8 million to public schools statewide in the first three months of the fiscal year – marking the state-run game's largest transfer since its inception two years ago.

Since March 2006, the lottery has raised more than $825 million for schools in North Carolina.

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