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Economy blamed for Texas Lottery player changes

Economy blamed for Texas Lottery player changes
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 9:54am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The struggling economy is blamed for a
slide in the percentage of people playing Texas Lottery games.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that the
percentage of Texans playing has slipped to about one-third. A
Texas Lottery Commission study says that's the lowest level ever
measured by the agency.
Fiscal 2010 saw a decline from 41.7 percent of Texas residents
taking their chances with lottery games, to 33.8 percent playing.
That's the second-largest year-to-year decrease since the Texas
Lottery started in 1993. The rate of participation fell 9 percent
between 2003 and 2004.
Lottery Commissioner J. Winston Krause blames the decline on the
poor economy.
The commission on Dec. 14 announced a new nine-year contract
with lottery operator GTECH Corp.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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