Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:06:31 GMT — Iowa Lottery sales have fallen 7.4 percent over the past year, a drop lottery officials attribute to a rough winter that altered customers' buying habits and fewer extremely high jackpots that drive up sales. Overall lottery sales dipped to $314 million in fiscal year 2014, which ended in June from $339.3 million the year before. Scratch tickets, the biggest income generator, fell 6.7 percent to nearly $189 million. Powerball sales fell nearly 25 percent to $61 million. The Mega Millions lottery game sales climbed nearly 64 percent to $21.8 million. Lottery officials say Powerball sales dropped because jackpots rose above $300 million three times during the year. It had climbed above that threshold four times the year before including the game's largest jackpot of $590.5 million reached in May 2013.
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