CA Lottery fiscal year sales up 13 percent to $3.44 billion

SACRAMENTO – The California Lottery said that for the second year in a row, its sales have gone up. For fiscal year 2010-2011, the lottery reports sales of nearly $3.44 billion, which represents a 13 percent increase from last fiscal year’s total of $3.04 billion.

In total, the lottery sent nearly $40 million more to schools this year than last year – almost $1.13 billion in FY 2010-2011 versus nearly $1.09 billion in FY 2009-2010, according to a news release.

In the past year, California schools received more money, thanks to a sales increase fueled by strong Scratchers and MEGA Millions sales, according to the news release. The MEGA Millions game was boosted by an award-winning advertising campaign and two jackpots in excess of $300 million. Scratchers sales saw an increase due to the lottery’s ability to control how much money it pays out in prizes.