MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Lottery says sales were up 26% in April compared to the same time last year.

The jump comes at a time when hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans are applying for unemployment benefits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Minnesota Lottery, sales of lottery products for April 2020 were $64.1 million compared to $50.6 million for April of 2019.

However, while the state saw a bump in lottery sales during the month of April, officials say current lottery sales for fiscal year 2020 compared to fiscal year 2019 are down slightly.

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