Higher sales: A recent audit of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation by the Louisiana legislative auditor reveals that for fiscal year 2021, the corporation had total sales of $625 million—$115.8 million more than in 2020, WBRZ-TV reports. The corporation transferred about $207.5 million to the state treasury in fiscal year 2021, $28.3 million more than in fiscal 2020. Read the full story.
Cooling off: Higher interest rates took some recent wind out of the sails in the mortgage market, CNBC reports. Total mortgage application volume fell 1.1% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Applications to refinance a home loan, which are highly sensitive to weekly rate movements, also decreased 1% from the previous week but were essentially flat from a year ago. Read more.
Meet Astro: Amazon’s new home robot can hear, see and follow you around the house, but it’s no Rosey the Robot. Amazon’s version, called Astro, doesn’t cook or clean like the animated character from The Jetsons, but it can check if you left the stove on while you’re out or send an alert if someone enters the house it doesn’t recognize. It uses cameras, sensors and artificial technology to avoid walls or dogs, and Amazon says Astro—which also happens to be the name of the Jetson’s dog—will only get smarter as time goes on. Read the full story.