Virginia Lottery hits record sales mark with $2.14 billion

(MGN / Virginia Lottery)

In it's 30th year, officials with the Virginia Lottery are celebrating record sales.

A report from Governor Ralph Northam's office said the lottery posted sales of $2.14 billion and profits of $600 million- both new records that exceed marks set in the 2016 fiscal year.

“Today’s news is a big win for public education in Virginia, particularly for the students and educators across our Commonwealth who benefit from this funding,” Northam said in a prepared statement.

More than 5,200 retailers earned over $120 million in commission last year, the report said, while 48 winners won prizes of at least $1 million.

September 20 will mark the anniversary of the first lottery ticket sold in Virginia.

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