Okla. lottery revenue buoyed by `scratchers'

Oklahoma Lottery officials say scratcher games will generate about $3 million more than expected for education this fiscal year.

Executive Director Jim Scroggins told Oklahoma Lottery Commission officials Tuesday that the latest estimates show the lottery will see about $198.5 million in revenue for fiscal year 2010. Based on those figures, about $69.7 million will be available for higher and common education in Oklahoma.

Original estimates indicated gaming revenue would reach $190.6 million, with about $66.7 million going to education. Most scratchers, small cards that players scratch off to reveal whether they won a prize, sell for $1 or $2.

Scroggins says those games are estimated to raise about $87 million for the current fiscal year, $14.4 million more than expected.

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