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      Missouri Lottery says game choices affect education funding

      The Missouri Lottery says a decline in the money it provided to education is due partly to the types of Lottery games people chose to play.

      The Missouri Lottery says a decline in the money it provided to education is due partly to the types of Lottery games people chose to play.

      The amount of proceeds transferred to education declined by $21.5 million during the state's recently concluded budget year, despite record high sales by the Lottery.

      Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder says the sales figures are driven partly by scratch-off games, which typically pay more in prizes and thus less to education. He says sales of the more profitable Powerball game actually were down from the 2013 budget year, which contributed to the decline in education funding.

      Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered a review of the Lottery's operations to determine whether it can provide a stable funding source to education.