AUSTIN (AP) - Lottery ticket sales are down and a Texas Lottery
Commission spokesman says smaller jackpots and a sagging economy
could explain the drop.
The ticket sales are 2 percent lower than last year.
The drop could affect the amount of money given each year to
public schools, which got $1.03 billion in 2007 and 2006. If
current sales trends hold, the amount of money going to schools
this year could be $930 million.
Lottery officials hope a new $50 scratch-off ticket game will
provide a boost in sales before fiscal year ends in August.
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