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BOISE -- Gov. Butch Otter accepted a big check for the state today from the Idaho Lottery.

A check to the people of Idaho was just presented this morning in the amount of $41.5 million.

Lottery spokesman David Workman says last year the dividend check was $37 million.

I am glad you didn't live up to your promise last year. I am about four million glad, said Otter.

Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson says this is the most successful year of the Lottery's 23-year history. The Lottery saw a 10 percent increase in player participation.

Today's presentation is part of the Lottery's annual dividend payment. The money will be used to help Idaho schools and public buildings.

Since the Lottery started in 1989, it has awarded nearly $1.2 billion in prizes, and distributed $510.8 million in dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund.

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