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State lottery records 19% revenue rise in 2005

State lottery company Szerencsejáték Zrt had revenue of Ft 131.8 billion in 2005, 19% more than in the previous year and well over the Ft 119.5 billion target, the company announced on Thursday.

Szerencsejáték paid out Ft 68 billion of revenue as gross winnings and Ft 54 billion in gambling tax. The company sold 871 million game tickets in 2005, 8% more than in 2004. The 5-of-90 lottery remained the most popular, generating 40% of revenue.
Hungarians spend an average €52 per capita on lotteries each year.