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DailyFinance: The 10 States That Pay Out the Biggest Lottery Jackpots

2. Massachusetts

Largest Single Jackpot: $294 million (2004)
Prizes Paid: $3.2 billion
Ticket Sales: $4.44 billion
State Profit From Sales: $859 million
Government Use: City and town funds, compulsive gambling, the arts

In 2009, the Massachusetts lottery paid out roughly $3.2 billion in prizes to lottery winners, making it the second highest paying state in the country. The extent to which the state profits, however, is low compared to other states. In 2009, the state beneficiaries, which include city and town governments, a state arts fund, and a compulsive gambling support group, received only $859 million. Florida's respective payouts were less, $2.4 billion, but the state still earned $1.28 billion.

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