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Idaho Lottery returns $49.5M dividend

The Idaho Lottery is returning more than $49.5 million to the state after seeing a record high in the lottery’s history of end-of-the-year dividends.

Director Jeff Anderson announced Tuesday that the state’s lottery saw a 10 percent increase over last year’s dividends. The previous lottery dividend record of $49 million was reached in 2014. Yet a year later, the state’s lottery dividends dropped for the first time in 11 years.

However, Anderson said that this year’s extraordinarily large jackpots helped persuade people to buy lottery tickets – particularly with the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot drawing that was held earlier this year.

Utah residents, whose state outlaws all forms of gambling, crowded Idaho border gas stations and waited several hours in line just to purchase the $2 tickets.

“So subsequently, we had record sales this year too,” Anderson said.

Lottery ticket sales totaled $236.1 million this past year, with Utah residents making up 20 percent of the Gem State’s sales, Anderson added/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you regularly buy lottery tickets?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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