The North Carolina Education Lottery has broken a ticket sales record that dates to its first full week in operation.
The lottery said Monday it sold $29.9 million in tickets for the
seven days ending Saturday. The previous record was $28.6 million,
set during the lottery's first week in April 2006.
Lottery officials say ticket sales have risen over the past several weeks because more people are buying instant win scratch-off tickets. Those tickets now offer more prizes and have a greater percentage of revenues going to jackpots.
Powerball is also driving sales. The drawing this Wednesday
night will have an estimated top prize of $230 million, which you can see live on WITN.
The higher sales follow several months of flat revenue.