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Powerball officials expect $400M in sales Saturday

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The latest on Saturday’s Powerball drawing (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Powerball lottery officials are expecting more than $400 million in ticket sales on Saturday alone thanks to the jackpot soaring to $900 million. Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery and president of the multistate Powerball Lottery, says officials tallied $352 million in ticket sales on Friday. If there’s no winner Saturday night, the jackpot rolls to an estimated $1.3 billion. But Grief says the chances of no…

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Florida Lottery revenue on rise

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Higher Cash 3 and Play 4 sales, as well as increased scratch-off ticket sales, have led to a growth in Florida Lottery revenue, according to the state’s economic forecasters. Total ticket sales were $79 million over estimate for July-November of this year, the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference reported earlier this month. At the same time, sales of Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto and Lucky Money have gone down, the report said. Lottery proceeds benefit the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, which helps pay for public education.…

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Is it “expanding gambling” to sell lottery tickets at gas pumps?

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Legislation is moving in the Legislature that would allow people to buy their lottery tickets at the gas pump despite a lingering question that the measure is an expansion of gambling. The question is more than moral or academic: Expanded gambling is a condition for the Seminole Tribe of Florida to stop sharing revenue from its casinos. The tribe kicks more than $200 million a year into state coffers. “Any expansion of gaming or use of lottery vending machines, beyond what…

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Lottery exploring ticket sales online and at bank machines

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The Florida Lottery is considering selling lottery tickets online or alongside ATMs to combat relatively flat sales of some of the more well-known games. Lottery officials have asked companies seeking a contract worth at least $300 million to prove that they can sell tickets on the Internet or at ATMs and gas pumps. The lottery hasn’t officially announced that they are considering those changes. Gov. Rick Scott is staunchly opposed to online sales. Scott last year wrote a letter to…

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