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California Lottery Sales Take A Hit During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Launderland, a store in Westminster, specializes in lottery tickets. (Susanica Tam for KPCC)
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The California Lottery sold $492 million in tickets in April, according to agency data. That number may sound like a lot, but it represents a significant decline from just three months earlier, when lottery players snapped up $696 million in tickets.

That could hurt retailers who rely on lottery ticket sales. And it could hurt students. Lottery proceeds fund a small share of education funding in California, but every dollar counts during a budget crisis.

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