A news release from the Tennessee Lottery says its’ fiscal year start continues to break records. Sales for July and August are 9.3 percent ahead of the same period last year and the highest for each of those months since lottery tickets first went on sale in 2004. Instant ticket sales and large Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are driving the sales increase. The release says the lottery has raised more than $3.8 billion for education programs since beginning. Player prizes have totaled more than $10 billion, with retailers earning more than $978 million in commissions.