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Berkeley 9th in W.Va. lottery sales

August 08, 2000

Berkeley 9th in W.Va. lottery sales



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County ranked ninth among West Virginia's 55 counties in lottery sales this past fiscal year, generating $6.6 million in sales, according to year-end figures released by the West Virginia Lottery.

Jefferson County ranked 13th with $4.5 million in sales and Morgan County ranked 39th with $916,562 in sales, according to the Lottery Commission.

Lottery officials say the high rankings of Berkeley and Jefferson can be attributed to Powerball sales. Maryland does not have the popular lottery game, and local lottery retailers draw many customers across the state line, said lottery commission spokeswoman Nancy Bulla.

Eastern Panhandle lottery sales, however, dropped compared to the previous year.

In the 1998-99 fiscal year, Berkeley County ranked seventh with $8.9 million in sales, Jefferson County ranked 11th with $6.1 million in sales and Morgan County ranked 35th with $1.3 million in sales, according to the Lottery Commission.

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The high sales that year can be attributed to the record-setting $295 million Powerball jackpot, Bulla said.

"That just blew everybody's sales off the chart," Bulla said.

Statewide in the fiscal 1999-2000 year, lottery sales totaled $447 million, which included $283 million in video lottery sales at the state's four horse and dog race tracks.

Charles Town Races currently has 1,500 video lottery machines and slot machines and wants to increase the number of machines to 2,000.

The $447 million in sales represents a 14 percent increase over last year, according to lottery officials.

The Lottery Commission also ranked the top 100 lottery retailers during the last fiscal year. The 7-Eleven store in Falling Waters, W.Va., was ranked 11th with $485,769 in sales and the Marlowe, W.Va., Texaco near Falling Waters was ranked 12th with $470,523 in sales.

Torlone's Pizza in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was ranked 13th with $456,924 in sales, the lottery commission said.

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