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Hoosier Lottery Revenue Meets Budget Goal Despite COVID-19

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The Hoosier Lottery generated more than $300 million for the state in the last fiscal year, which supports teacher retirement and police and firefighter pensions.

That revenue meets budget projections, despite the impact of COVID-19.

Lottery officials were predicting a revenue shortfall as recently as May. But the Hoosier Lottery just barely cleared its budget goal – about $212,000 more than projected.

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That’s in part because the state surpassed $1 billion in scratch-off sales for the first time ever.

Melissa Pursley is COO of IGT, the private company that runs the lottery.

“I believe that players turned to the Hoosier Lottery as an added form of entertainment as many entertainment options were closed to them for public safety,” Pursley said.

Still, the lottery projects it will bring in less money for the state in the new fiscal year than it did in the last one as the pandemic continues.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.