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State’s lottery, casino payout was up

The cash-strapped state caught a modest break from the Kansas Lottery. It transferred a record $163.9 million to the state during the fiscal year that ended June 30, including $78.2 million from lottery sales (up from $75 million last year) and $85.7 million from the state-owned casinos. The latter included $40 million from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane and a $5.5 million privilege fee for the Kansas Crossing Casino, which is under construction near Pittsburg. The lottery and casino payout is earmarked for economic development, prisons, the state pension fund, debt reduction and the state general fund, among other uses. Another $5.4 million from the Kansas Star was split by Mulvane, Sumner County and Sedgwick County. – Rhonda Holman