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State receives record payout from lottery

A Mega Millions playslip for those players preferring to choose the numbers they want to play is among the stacks of other lottery game playslips on display at a Smoker Friendly store, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Cranberry Township, Pa. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after more than four months without a winner.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Hoosier Lottery says it has transferred a record $375.5 million to the state of Indiana during fiscal year 2021, which ended June 30. The Hoosier Lottery Commission says the transfer is nearly $71 million over last year, an increase of 23%.

The lottery says a record $1.3 billion in scratch-off ticket sales made up a majority of Hoosier Lottery’s $1.7 billion in total revenue.

The Hoosier Lottery says it contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $30 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund.

Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor also noted that the Lottery paid out $1.1 billion in prizes to players and $117.5 million in commissions to retailers.