The Maine Lottery says it's made a record contribution of $57 million to the general fund following its most successful year in its 42-year history.
The contribution to the General Fund in the fiscal year that ended in June represents a $3 million increase from the previous year. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2c40gZQ ) reports that there also were records for ticket sales, prizes paid to winners and commissions earned by retailer.
Gregg Mineo, director of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, says total sales were $272 million, up from $253 million the previous year.
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Players took home a record total, before taxes, of $178.2 million in winnings from the lottery's draw and instant win games, up from $166.7 million the previous year.