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Ohio Lottery sees eighth straight year of record profits

CLEVELAND — The state says the Ohio Lottery saw an eighth straight year of record profits, getting a boost from slots-like video terminals at two racinos and interactive games played by tavern patrons.

The lottery commission on Monday reported profits for the year ending June 30 were more than $803 million, up from $771 million in the previous fiscal year. The profits go to public education in the state.

Sales of traditional lottery games fell 1.4 percent, including the Pick 3 and Pick 4 number games, and instant tickets.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer ( ) reports that traditional lottery games may have been hit by racinos and four casinos that opened in the state over the last year.

The lottery made more than $55 million from the video slots at the race tracks.

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