Ohio Lottery records record profits again

CLEVELAND - The state says the Ohio Lottery saw an eighth straight year of record profits, getting a boost from slots-like video terminals at two racinos and interactive games played by tavern patrons.

The lottery commission on Monday reported profits for the year ending June 30 were more than $803 million, up from $771 million in the previous fiscal year. The profits go to public education in the state.

Sales of traditional lottery games fell 1.4 percent, including the Pick 3 and Pick 4 number games, and instant tickets.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that traditional lottery games may have been hit by racinos and four casinos that opened in the state over the last year.

The lottery made more than $55 million from the video slots at the race tracks.

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