Record setting year for the Arizona lottery

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PHOENIX -- There is some pretty good news to report from the Arizona lottery.

Officials closed out their 2013 fiscal year with a record shattering $692.9 million dollars in sales. That represents a 7.2% increase over the last fiscal year.

While the record sales was the largest in Arizona lottery history, it also means a sizeable boost to the state economy.

$176 million went to help support a variety of programs that include education, health and public welfare.

Arizona lottery officials credit much of the success to the two biggest jackpots in Powerball history.

You may recall a winning $587.5 million ticket went to a winner in fountain hills.
   
Retailers also benefited big time because they got commissions worth $47 million.