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January 9, 2013

N.H. lottery sales top $5 billion

New Hampshire Lottery officials announced yesterday it has topped $5 billion in lottery ticket sales since the lottery began in 1964.

People are buying lottery tickets in ever-increasing numbers.

For fiscal year 2013, instant tickets sales are up more than 11 percent over last year, officials said, and Powerball ticket sales are up more than 53 percent.

Instant ticket sales account for about 70 percent of total ticket sales in the state, according to Debra Douglas, chairman of the state Lottery Commission.

The commission attributes the sales uptick to changes it made over the past several years. Those changes include bigger prizes and a chance for retailers to earn more commissions on sales.

During fiscal year 2012, N.H. lottery players won $159 million and retailers earned $14.8 million in sales commissions.

Doctor speaks at Relay for Life kick-off

SALEM — On Monday, Relay for Life of Salem begins its ninth year with guest speaker, Dr. Juliann Chmielecki of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

She is actively performing leading research on the causes and potential cures for various cancers. Her work is funded by a post-doctoral research fellowship funded by the American Cancer Society. The funds for her research come directly from events such as the Relay For Life of Salem.

The kick-off and Chmielecki’s talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 37 Main St.

Once again, teams of volunteers will be coming together on June 22 and 23, at Grant Field at Salem High School for the annual Relay for Life.

For the past eight years, teams of local volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise money for the American Cancer Society and come together each June to walk the track throughout the night at Salem High School.

Each year, one of the most memorable events is the “Survivor Lap” where cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers walk a special lap, supporting one another and sharing their stories.

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