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

6. Pennsylvania

Largest Single Jackpot: $213 million (2004)
Prizes Paid: $1.9 billion
Ticket Sales: $3.09 billion
State Profit From Sales: $910 million
Government Use: Services for the elderly

Since the Pennsylvania State Lottery began, it has steered $20.6 billion to a variety of causes, but its profits have primarily been funneled into an elderly benefits fund. This fund includes subsidies for transportation, tax rebates and Medicare. Currently, about 61 percent of the roughly $3 billion in annual ticket sales go to prizes, while 30 percent goes to the state, and the rest covers expenses. That's a higher percentage of prize return than most other states.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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