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Monday, March 17, 2014
ST. PAUL – State Representative Sondra Erickson, R-Princeton, today announced 2013 lottery sales from area cities and counties.
“Local lottery sales benefit our area and our state, and I wanted to share with constituents the total sales,” Erickson said.
The 2013 county sales totals are as follows: Mille Lacs $3.76 million; Sherburne $7.28 million; Kanabec $1.23 million. Broken down by city, the sales totals are $23,235 in Bock, $331,098 in Isle, $929,682 in Milaca, $250,900 in Ogilve, $484,203 in Onamia, $1,786,459 in Princeton, $99,545 in Wahkon, and $1,076,391 in Zimmerman.
Erickson said the proceeds from lottery sales are spelled out in state law. The state General Fund receives 60 percent of proceeds. The remaining 40 percent of proceeds goes to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. In addition, the first 6.5 percent of Lottery sales (in-lieu-of-sales tax) is directed to the Game and Fish Fund, Natural Resources Fund and General Fund.
According to the Minnesota State Lottery, lottery sales have helped fund land acquisition, constructing of new trails, a new office facility, sewer system improvements and the new visitor’s center.
Erickson said a portion of lottery sales stays with the retailer and in our communities.
According to the lottery office, retailers earn 5.5 percent of the price of every ticket they sell plus 1 percent of the prize value of winning tickets redeemed at the store. They are also eligible to earn more through various incentive programs offered throughout the year.