NM lottery ticket sales up

Posted at: 01/31/2013 4:25 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 5:39 PM
By: KOB.com staff

It appears more people are buying lottery tickets in New Mexico.

State lottery officials said sales between July and the end of December increased 11 percent.

That's an increase of $7 million when compared to the same time last year.

Players also won more money; Over the past six months New Mexicans won more than $31 million.

The increase in sales is going to help the state's ailing lottery scholarship program.

During fiscal year 2012, the state lottery gave $41.3 million to the program – the second highest return.

The lottery is required by law to give at least 30 percent of its revenue to the scholarship program every month.