By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Lottery is off to a strong start in its new fiscal year, thanks to a pair of large Powerball jackpots.

The Courier-Journal reports that first-quarter sales, through Sept. 30, were up 10.3 percent over the same period a year ago. Lottery officials say overall statewide ticket sales totaled $185.7 million, a $19.1 million gain over the same quarter a year ago.

Lottery officials say sales were up for the Kentucky Lottery's daily games, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Those sales were up a combined $3.2 million from a year ago. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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