A switch in where lottery money goes has not exactly sent tickets flying off the shelves, legislative auditors say.
Ticket sales increased 4 percent last year — to more than $510 million, still shy of a 2008 peak. The increase is due to changes in jackpots and economic conditions, says a report in draft form from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee.
JLARC gives no credit to lawmakers’ decision in 2010 to spend the biggest chunk of lottery proceeds on higher education scholarships and grants, followed by preschool programs for the poor. Previously, that money was spent on school …