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WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Revenues for the Washington, D.C. Lottery grew in the last fiscal year by nearly 8 percent, bringing in about $250 million, the board that runs the gambling operation said on Friday.
That led to more than $66.4 million being deposited into the general fund for the capital city during fiscal 2012, which ended last fall, $4.2 million more than the previous fiscal year.
Local non-profit organizations received $2.58 million in gaming revenues, as well, said the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board.
Another $137 million went to winners in the game, spread across almost 7 million winning tickets.
Meanwhile, retailers earned more than $16.4 million in commissions, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
The growth, the largest sales increase in six years, was mostly due to new games with higher prizes and the establishment of a lottery store in the District's transit hub, Union Station.