Largest Single Jackpot: $336 million (two-state lottery win shared with California, 2009)
Prizes Paid: $4 billion
Ticket Sales: $7.66 billion
State Profit From Sales: $2.7 billion
Government Use: Education
Besides having the largest lottery system in dollar terms in the country, New York has one of the richest histories of government-run gambling. Since the late 1880's, lotteries and raffles have been used to raise funds for regional public works projects. New York was one of the first states to begin a state-wide system as well, voting in the program in 1966. Since the lottery began in official capacity the following year, more than $36 billion has been raised to fund education. This sum accounts for approximately 13 percent of all the money that has been raised in the history of U.S. state-run gaming.
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