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Fla. Lottery Sales Top $5 Billion For First Time

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Clearwater waitress Alexandra Chaar jumping for joy after winning 1 million dollars from the Florida Lottery. (Photo Credit: Florida Lottery)

Clearwater waitress Alexandra Chaar jumping for joy after winning 1 million dollars from the Florida Lottery. (Photo Credit: Florida Lottery)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Lottery says it topped $5 billion in sales for the first time during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The department made the announcement Monday. It also said that a record $1.41 billion is expected to go into the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.

Both amounts top the previous highs reached the year before, when sales were $4.45 billion and education transfers were $1.31 billion.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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