Oregon Lottery sales increase 2 percent

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Lottery reports a 2 percent increase in sales, the first increase in three years.

Numbers released Tuesday show gamblers spent $1.04 billion on state-sponsored gambling in fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30.

That compares with $1.02 billion in 2010, and $1.1 billion in 2009.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/oL9F6N) about half -- $560 million -- goes to schools, parks, business development and other parts of the state budget.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com