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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Lottery Sales Boom Across Arkansas

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"I'm ordering tickets daily, said Kum & Go Manager, Cindy Cole.

"I actually received an order here yesterday and I'll be out probably by the weekend," said Cole.

Cole  says she knew Monday, the start of lottery sales in Arkansas would be wildly busy, but she says sales the entire week haven't slowed at all.   

"We've had several today, 80 and 100 dollar tickets, and then we've had several just buy one ticket," said Cole.

Across Arkansas, Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue says he estimates between 1.3 and 1.4 million dollars in tickets sold each day....generating more than a million dollars for scholarships in the first week alone.

"Overall we're very pleased with what's occurred over the past 4 days," said Passailaigue.

Passailaigue says lottery sales numbers are exceeding his expectations.    One big plus he says is the fact there were only minor, and very few at that, problems.  As far as the biggest winners, he says it's Arkansas' students.

"You see the opportunities that will exist for thousands and thousands of Arkansans that will get scholarship aid to get to go to school next year," said Passailaigue.

Cole says she doesn't expect business to slow down anytime soon, especially with Powerball set to start in Arkansas at the end of the month.  In fact, she says she expects Powerball to double what they're doing now.

"I'm going to have to hire people just to take on the overload of the extra transactions, so I'm probably going to have to double my staff in the next 30 days," said Cole.

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