Audit: Lottery sales going flat in tough economy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A new audit shows that sales of the
Florida Lottery are going flat.

Growth in the lottery's annual transfers to education began to slow down in fiscal year 2007-08. Now, officials are reducing their goals for future years.

The audit by the Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability released Thursday said the lottery is wasting money on excess office space and should review commissions paid to retailers who offer various games.

Auditors said the lottery's operating expenses continue to increase due largely to growth in its commission payments. The lottery paid $121 million to vendors for advertising and providing the online and scratch-off games in this fiscal year alone.

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