RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The chief of the North Carolina Education Lottery attributes new scratch-offs, more daily drawings and a larger retail base to help generate record ticket sales and net profits for the state.
The lottery announced Monday it sold nearly $1.5 billion in tickets for the year ending June 30. That's almost 3 percent higher than last year. The lottery transferred $447 million to education initiatives -- the highest amount in the lottery's five-year history.
Executive director Alice Garland said sales rallied in the second half of the year because of new instant games. The lottery also added more afternoon number drawings and now has more than 6,600 retailers.
The lottery has generated $6.4 billion in sales and more than $2 billion for education since tickets were first sold in March 2006.