UNDATED (WJON News) - At the Minnesota Lottery, it was a year for the record books.

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Officials released the Minnesota Lottery’s annual report Thursday, and it shows sales of $787.2 million, the second-highest total in the game’s 33-year history.

Takeaways from the annual report:

  • Players cashed in a record $501.9 million in prizes,
  • A record $196.1 million was returned to the state’s lottery beneficiaries:
    • $105.7 million went to the state’s general fund,
    • $89 million went to programs for the protection and preservation of Minnesota’s environment and natural resources:
      • $52 million to the Environment and Natural Resources Fund,
      • $18.5 million to the state Game and Fish Fund,
      • $18.5 million to the state Natural Resources Fund,
      • $1.5 million for programs to help prevent and treat problem gambling.
  • Lottery retailers hit big as well, splitting $51.9 million in commissions and incentives. On average, that’s $17,288 per business.

 

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