Bishop Woosley: Drought, Gas Prices Cause Drop in Lottery Ticket Sales

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 6:21 pm  

Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. (Photo by Jason Burt)

Sales for October were down by $1 million from October 2012, he said.

Year-to-date net proceeds are down $2.6 million, compared to the first four months of fiscal 2012. The state's fiscal year begins July 1.

Woosley said the economy, the drought and high gas prices all contributed to lagging sales, as did the fact that the lottery has been around for several years and the initial buzz has worn off.

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