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Lottery ticket sales, revenue drop in Maine

22 September 2008

UGUSTA, Maine — As reported by the Capitol News Service: "Fewer Mainers appear to be trying to win a little or a lot.

"Sales of lottery tickets, for online games and instant tickets, are below estimates for the first two months of the budget year.

"'It's a reflection of the economy,' said Lottery Director Dan Gwadosky. 'People are spending $60 to fill up their car. They don't have the disposable income they used to have.'

"He said the sales of the popular instant ticket games were down 5 percent in July and August, and the online games, such as Powerball and Megabucks, were down 17 percent.

"...The sale of the scratch tickets generates three-fifths of all the revenue of the lottery, but they are not as profitable as the online games with the large jackpots..."

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