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Friday, March 28, 2008
ST. PAUL – State Rep. Sondra Erickson has announced 2007 total sales and proceeds from Minnesota State Lottery for District 16A. Gross sales last year in the region were more than $3.1 million, and the 30 businesses in the district that sell lottery tickets earned more than $185,000 in commissions and incentives. Of the sales, nearly $1.9 billion were from scratch-off tickets, while online games accounted for $1.2 million. Lottery sales in 16A resulted in contributions of more than $215,000 to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and almost $450,000 to the General Fund. These amounts include unclaimed prize money. The Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund each received about $83,000, while $1.4 million in prizes was redeemed. “Sales were down a bit from 2006, but the lottery still provided sizeable funding for the environment and natural resources,” Erickson said. “The people of Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Sherburne counties benefited from this financial support.” Statewide, sales in fiscal year 2007 totaled $423 million, which produced $112.4 million for state programs. The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund received $30 million in net proceeds; $63 million was transferred to the General Fund as net proceeds, in-lieu-of-sales tax, unclaimed prizes and problem gambling contributions; and the Game and Fish Fund and Natural Resources Fund each received $9.9 million from the sales tax. County Total Sales Scratch Sales Online sales Benton $3,687,918 $2,516,807 $1,171.111 Mille Lacs $2,977,267 $1,899,762 $1,077,505 Morrison $3,755,813 $2,660,390 $1,095,423 Sherburne $5,083,926 $3,189,481 $1,894,445 City Total Sales Scratch Sales Online sales Bock $13,628 $6,823 $6,805 Foley $434,820 $282,561 $152,259 Foreston $102,045 $57,707 $44,338 Gilman $174,418 $135,345 $39,072.50 Hillman $61,028 $38,266 $22,762 Isle $229,235 $177,928 $114,307 Milaca $711,900 $484,693 $227,207 Onamia $383,176 $227,038 $156,138 Princeton $1,388,436 $891,804 $496,632 Wahkon $85,847 $53,769 $32,078 Zimmerman $641,637 $402,516 $239,121 More information on the Minnesota State Lottery, including gambling addiction resources, can be found on their website, Persons struggling with gambling addiction can also call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-333-HOPE managed by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. -30- Sondra Erickson represents District 16A in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including all or parts of Benton, Mille Lacs, and Morrison counties. Erickson taught English and journalism at Princeton High School for more than 30 years until retiring in 2000. First elected in a 1998 special election, Erickson was re-elected in the 1998 general election and every two years since. She resides in Princeton Township.
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