Poor Economy Hasn't Boosted Lottery Sales

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The economic recession hasn't meant increased lottery sales in Kansas.

While Kansas has reported increases in sales of instant or scratcher tickets, overall lottery sales in Kansas fell 4.2 percent for the week ending Dec. 6, compared with last year.

Lottery officials also say flat sales were linked to a lack of huge jackpots, which always cause sales to spike. Kansas participates in the multistate Powerball game, the jackpot of which can grow to hundreds of millions of dollars.

The economic downturn has also meant a loss of about 50 retailers that sold Kansas Lottery tickets.