OK Lottery Sales Boost Store Business

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Lottery officials say businesses selling
lottery tickets have made more than $15 million in commission profits since the lottery began one year ago.

About 2,200 convenience stores, grocers and smoke shops
statewide sell the tickets and make 6.3 percent commission on every dollar.

Retailers say it's more than commission that boosts a store's bottom line because when people buy a lottery ticket they usually also buy something in the store.

A National Association of Convenience Stores study found that
frequent lottery customers spend more than $3 per purchase.

Lottery officials say more than $86 million have been transferred to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Fund since the lottery began.