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Scratch-off tickets push lottery to record sales

Scratch-off tickets push lottery to record sales

Floridians with dreams of instant payoffs are generating record scratch for the Florida Lottery.

Lottery revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30 are up $180 million over last year, reaching a record $5.58 billion, with two-thirds of that money via scratch-offs.

The state sold $3.7 billion in scratch-off tickets this year, compared with $3.4 billion in 2013-14. That more than offset a drop of about $120 million in Powerball, Florida Lotto and other games.

Scratch-offs accounted for 67 percent of total sales, up from 63 percent last year. Compulsive gambling experts decry that the games provide instant gratification, revealing a win or a loss within seconds rather than...