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Arizona Lottery exceeds $1 billion in sales for first time

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Lottery has exceeded $1 billion in sales in a year for the first time in its nearly four-decade history.

The lottery beat its goal of reaching the milestone in the next fiscal year, hitting the mark with four weeks still left in fiscal year 2019.

The organization is also projected to a break a record in the amount of money it hands over to 18 state programs — more than $220 million in fiscal year 2020.

The lottery provides funds to the Arizona Board of Regents, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Heritage Fund, among other programs that would otherwise use tax dollars.

“This is great news for all of Arizona, as we are all winners with the lottery,” executive director Gregg Edgar said in a press release.

“The Arizona Lottery has worked hard for almost 38 years to reach this goal and help make dreams come true for Arizonans by paying billions in prizes and awarding billions more to beneficiary agencies over the years.”

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