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Powerball helps Ohio Lottery post record sales

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio Lottery says it's on a roll, with the introduction of Powerball helping the agency post another year of record sales.

Officials say the lottery enjoyed $2.48 billion in sales during the fiscal year that ended Wednesday, up from $2.42 billion in the previous fiscal year. Sales grew for the ninth straight year.

The lottery says it has poured $728.6 million in annual profits into a state education fund. Officials say that's the second largest profit transfer in the lottery's 36-year history.

Powerball arrived in Ohio in mid-April, becoming the state's second multistate, multimillion dollar lottery game after Mega Millions. The state already has had two tickets matching all the winning numbers, including one in early June worth a $261.6 million jackpot.

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