Lotto sales generated millions for Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Con. (WTNH) — The hype is over and it’s back to business as usual for lottery sales, but the money generated to cover the billion-dollar jackpot will go to some good use for Connecticut.

The lines have gone down and the Powerball frenzy is over, but retailers are still relishing the in the amount of ticket sales they made from people looking for a share of the $1.5 billion jackpot.

“It was pretty crazy,” said Heriberto Rivera, an employee at the Mobil station on Long Wharf. In the five years I’ve been here, never seen any lottery craze like that.”

Retailers benefit from their five percent commission on sales. Several Connecticut shoppers, in the two-month monster jackpot run-up, have instantly joined the ranks of American millionaires.

“Since the run began, we’ve made seven new millionaires in Connecticut,” said Anne Noble, President & CEO of CT Lotto.

But the big winner may be the state coffers, since roughly a third of statewide lottery ticket sales get sent directly to the General Fund balance.

“We generated over $50 million in sales,” said Noble. “Which means over $20 million to the General Fund.”

Exactly how the money is spent is up to state lawmakers who haggle over budget proceedings. But the General Fund covers everything from transportation projects, education, public safety, and healthcare.

“What’s important is monies sent to the General Fund touch every citizen in the state of Connecticut,” said Noble.

There were three tickets sold in Connecticut that were million dollar winners last night. None of those people have yet come forward.

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