The Oklahoma Lottery Commission claims that high summer gas prices have slowed lottery sales.
Although revenue has decreased, Oklahoma Lottery Commission Director Jim Scroggins said the total number of retailers has remained fairly consistent, at about 2,200.
He says a slowdown in lottery sales in the summer is typical as people go on vacation and spend money on other recreational activities.
The lottery was instated on November 2, 2004, when Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to pass the Oklahoma Education Act and $65 million in new education money was raised in the first 262 days of play.
This summer’s figures show total sales of nearly $205-million, with $109-million being paid out in prizes.