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Powerball Jackpot the real winners: The States more than $80 Billion

States, not necessarily players, are reaping the rewards of the sales surge. National lottery ticket sales in 2016 totaled more than $80 billion, according to figures from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries cited by the Associated Press. That's more than was spent last year on movies, video games, books, music and sports tickets combined, the AP said. Lottery ticket sales help fund education and veterans programs.   

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