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D.C. Lottery Revenue Increases

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Lottery revenue in D.C. has gone up after five years of decreasing sales.
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Lottery revenue in D.C. has gone up after five years of decreasing sales.

Lottery revenue in Washington, D.C. is on the rise again after a five-year slump in sales. Published reports claim lottery revenue within the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 totaled nearly $250 million. That falls below the all-time sales high of $266 million from 2006, but still represents an 8 percent jump from last year.

Lottery sales had been slumping in the last few years, in part because of increased competition from Maryland and Virginia.

D.C. Lottery Director Buddy Roogow says due to changing demographics, he's been focusing more on instant-win games and improving scratch-off tickets.

Meanwhile, a federal grand jury is investigating the circumstances surrounding the District's lottery contract.

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