What Bad Economy? NJ Lotto Sales Set Record

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Saturday, Aug 14, 2010  |  Updated 2:17 PM EDT
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What Bad Economy? NJ Lotto Sales Set Record

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The slumping economy seemingly hasn't stopped lottery players in New Jersey who want to cash in on their dreams.

Recently released data shows the state lottery set a new record for ticket sales _ $2.6 billion -- in the fiscal year that ended June 30, The Press of Atlantic City reported Saturday.

Overall, the 40-year-old lottery raised $924 million in the recent fiscal year to support public programs, including community colleges, school nutrition and several other state agencies that serve veterans and disabled residents.

Experts told the newspaper the extended recession has likely given many players the incentive to buy tickets, noting that people like to dream of big winnings despite the relatively high odds of that occurring.

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