- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho’s revenue from the state lottery has declined for the first time in 11 years, but still provided a $45 million boost for the state’s schools and public buildings.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1LctEM3 ) this year’s dividend brought in about $4 million less than last year partly due to a drop in sales in two big national multistate lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions.

Idaho Lottery director, Jeff Anderson, says Idaho’s variety of games plus the introduction of two new ones has more people drawn to the smaller jackpots, and has also upped the state’s total sales by 1 percent.

Out of the state’s dividend, $28 million will go toward public schools and $17 million will go to the state’s Permanent Building Fund.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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