Powerball a bit hit in first month of Fla. sales

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Powerball did what it was supposed to in its first month in Florida, but the rest of the state's lottery offerings paid the price.

Lottery officials said Friday that Powerball sales in January totaled $50 million, the best debut for the game in any of the 30 states where it's played.

Lotto sales were down over $9 million. Mega Money, Easy Match and Fantasy 5 dipped by a total of nearly $3 million.

More than $13 million in Powerball prizes was paid to more than 1 million Florida players. Four players won $1 million each by adding Power Play and matching ll five numbers in the multi-state game.

And 13,000 Florida retailers who offer the games of chance collected more than $2.5 million in commissions and bonuses.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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