Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
New York, NY –
The worst economic crisis in decades couldn't stop the New York State Lottery from posting record sales. The lottery reports New Yorkers spent $6.7 billion on jackpot and scratch games in the fiscal year that just ended and close to $1 billion at video gaming casinos.
Lottery Director Gordon Medenica says business was strong until the fourth quarter, when sales were down around three percent.
MEDENICA: Average that with the full year eking out a small gain, you know we're reasonably happy with it.
Medenica says the lottery generated $2.5 billion for New York schools.