2 pm: 75°FCloudy

4 pm: 75°FCloudy

6 pm: 71°FRain

8 pm: 69°FRain

More Weather

Powerball helps raise Kentucky Lottery sales

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Lottery is off to a strong start in its new fiscal year, thanks to a pair of large Powerball jackpots.

The Courier-Journal reports that first-quarter sales, through Sept. 30, were up 10.3 percent over the same period a year ago. Lottery officials say overall statewide ticket sales totaled $185.7 million, a $19.1 million gain over the same quarter a year ago.

The first-quarter lottery sales were boosted by large Powerball jackpot runs that ended with payoffs of $337 million and $202 million. Powerball sales were up $6.1 million for the quarter, or 33 percent ahead of a year ago.

Lottery officials say sales were up for the Kentucky Lottery’s daily games, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Those sales were up a combined $3.2 million from a year ago.