Lottery raises record $323M for education programs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee lottery officials say the lottery has set another record with more than $323 million raised this year for state education programs.

They announced Monday that the figure is a 10.2% increase over last year's then-record of $293.4 million. Officials said this year marks the eighth consecutive record-setting year.

According to data from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, which oversees lottery-funded programs, more than 600,000 scholarships have been awarded to in-state education institutions since the lottery's inception in 2004.

Total education funding since then stands at more than $2 billion.

The lottery had more than $1.3 billion in total sales this year, surpassing last year's record of $1.2 billion.

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