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New York already has the largest lottery in the nation. It got even bigger in 2018

Maybe it’s the New York Lottery that is getting rich.

Fueled by record Mega Millions jackpots, New York’s lottery cracked the $10 billion mark in sales in 2018 — a new state record for a state already with the largest lottery in the nation.

The growth in the jackpots for the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions in recent years has led to a steady increase in revenue to New York’s Lottery system, which uses a portion of the money to fund education.

The $10.2 billion in combined sales for its lottery games and 10 gambling halls with video-lottery terminals last year was a 3.3 percent increase over 2017 and a 12 percent increase since 2015, records from the state Gaming Commission showed.

Mega Million sales nearly doubled in 2018 compared to 2017 because of the interest in the record $1.5 billion drawing last October.

Overall, Mega Million sales in New York hit $512 million compared to $260 million in 2017.

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