- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Lottery has reached another milestone, with officials saying that lottery ticket sales exceeded $1 billion for the first time in the lottery’s 28-year history.

Kentucky Lottery officials say overall ticket sales in the just-ended fiscal year surpassed the previous year’s record-breaking amount by $3.2 million.

They say scratch-off tickets were once again the largest individual game category, finishing the fiscal year at $603.8 million. That’s up by $6.5 million from the previous year.

Keno had the largest percentage increase of any Kentucky Lottery game, rising 15 percent to $75.7 million. Powerball sales, however, dropped sharply from the previous year.

Kentucky Lottery officials say lottery transfers to the state reached a record level of $251.6 million, an increase of $2.5 million.

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