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Virus causes uncertainty for state lotteries

Posted at 10:02 AM, Jul 09, 2020

Boston -- The coronavirus has rattled state lotteries across the country.

Some, like Oregon and Massachusetts, are scrambling to address expected shortfalls in revenue.

Others, like Arkansas and Texas, have seen revenues soar and now have more money for targeted programs like education.

The trends, though likely to be short-term, are to some degree tied to how much a state shut its economy down during the coronavirus and how quickly it reopened.

Other factors included how much a state relied heavily on big-ticket lotteries like Powerball or offered online games.