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Missouri Lottery sales rose to another record high during the 2013 budget year.

The Lottery says it sold $1.14 billion of tickets during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's up 4 percent from the previous year's total of $1.1 billion.

Lottery sales have set new high marks each of the past three years.

Executive Director May Scheve Reardon attributes the increased sales to a new advertising campaign and several large Powerball jackpots. She also cites the beginning of a new loyalty program and strong sales in several other Lottery games.

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A new state review rates the performance of the Missouri Lottery Commission as "good."
State Auditor Tom Schweich released his office's findings Tuesday and says the lottery has been run well.

The audit did question the lottery for renegotiating and entering into long-term contracts instead of rebidding contracts for services. It also noted that in 2010 and 2011, about $4.9 million of expenses for promotional items, event sponsorships and payments to advertising agencies were not included when advertising costs were reported to lawmakers.