New weekly jackpot drawings and more retail locations helped North Carolina Education Lottery ticket sales increase by 10 percent last year compared to the year before.
The lottery said Monday sales grew to more than $1.4 billion during the 12 months ending June 30. The record sales helped send more than $419 million in net profits to education programs. That's also the highest annual transfer since the first tickets were sold in 2006.
The lottery began selling tickets for the multistate Mega Millions game in January, with drawings on Tuesday and Friday nights. North Carolina already participated in the Powerball drawings.
There was also a 4 percent increase in the number of locations where tickets are sold. The statewide total is nearly 6,300.