An audit of the North Carolina Education Lottery shows the system is growing in popularity and revenue.
The lottery sold tickets worth more than $1.4 billion in fiscal 2010, an increase of $128 million from the previous year. The lottery sold $150 million worth of $20 scratch-off tickets for the $200 Million Extravaganza.
The audit shows scratch-offs are by far the most popular lottery games. They made up almost $900 million in revenue in 2010. The next closest games are Powerball and the daily Pick 3.
In 2011, the lottery will disperse a projected $441 million to the state to use for education. The largest chunk of the lottery revenue, 59 percent, is spent on prizes.
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