Just wondering how the North Dakota Lottery is making out? Is the lottery making a profit after expenses, and how is the profit being used?
Thanks for writing! I chatted with Lottery Director Randy Miller to find out whatâ€™s new. Hereâ€™s what he said:
â€œThe lottery continues to receive broad public support in the play of our games. Fiscal year 2011 ticket sales through May 31 are $21.4 million.
â€œWeâ€™re estimating to transfer approximately $5.4 million to the general fund at the end of the fiscal year.
â€œIn addition to that, weâ€™re also looking at transferring $422,500 to the multi-jurisdictional drug task force grant fund. Also, each year, $200,000 goes to the compulsive gambling prevention and treatment fund.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased with our sales. Players are continuing to support us and the lottery. We have five games: Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2, and 2 by 2. Last year was our record-setting sales year for the lottery at $24.4 million in sales.â€
The Lottery Division is also updating its website and working to enhance social media communication, he said.
The breakdown of each $1 lottery ticket can be found at http://www.lottery.nd.gov/. Here it is:
â€¢ Prizes: 52 cents.
â€¢ Contracted services: 10 cents.
â€¢ Retailer commissions 5 cents.
â€¢ Administrative/operating expense: 3 cents.
â€¢ Marketing/advertising expense: 3 cents.
â€¢ Compulsive gambling prevention and treatment fund: 1 cent.
â€¢ Multi-jurisdictional drug task force grant fund: 2 cents.
â€¢ Prize reserve pools: 1 cent.
â€¢ State general fund: 23 cents.
Is it legal to drive down the road with your plug in your boat?
Thanks for writing! I contacted the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Hereâ€™s what Nancy Boldt told me:
â€œYes, it is. Most people take them out â€¦ thereâ€™s no requirement to leave it in or out.â€
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