Iowa Lottery Sales Rise Nearly 15%

A group know as "The Shipping 20" claimed the $241 Million Powerball Jackpot. It is a group of 20 co-workers from the shipping department at a Quaker Oats Co, a Cereal Manufacturer in Cedar Rapids. This is the largest lottery prize won to date in Iowa. Cedar Rapids co-workers claim the 241 million Powerball jackpot from the Iowa lottery office Wednesday morning. They road to Des Moines in a charter bus and cheer rang out as soon as the ticket was verified. June 20, 2012. (Andrea Melendez/The Des Moines Register)

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By Jay Knoll

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new state audit of the Iowa Lottery shows sales increased 14.6 percent over last year.

KCCI-TV reports revenues for the lottery rose to $311 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The previous year revenues were $271.5 million.

Most of the increase was due to more sales of instant-scratch tickets, Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.

Scratch tickets brought in $188.8 million while Powerball brought in $57.9 million. Mega Millions sales were at $22.3 million.

More than $182 million was handed out in prizes.

Money deposited into the state's general fund totaled more than $76 million and $2.7 million was deposited into the veteran's trust fund.

The State Auditor's office released the annual audit report Friday.

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