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Lottery Funds at Work

Recognized as one of the fastest growing lotteries in the United States, the California Lottery saw its sales rise by 13% in Fiscal Year 2013-14. In all, the Lottery had its best year on record, seeing sales eclipse $5 billion for the first time in our history.

The great news is that when Lottery sales are up, education is the biggest winner of all. Last fiscal year, the Lottery was able to send $1.35 billion in supplemental funding to schools. In addition, the Lottery has always been committed to finding even more ways to help support the schools that educate our children.


Since 1985, Lottery players have contributed approximately $28 billion to help create more educational opportunities for California’s students. With the help of these funds, public schools are able to attract and retain quality teachers, buy classroom supplies and state-of-the-art equipment, and keep important programs running. But none of this would be possible without our players.

In FY 2013-14, the California Lottery and its players returned more than $1 billion to schools in our state for the 14th consecutive year. While this contribution currently represents only about 1% of the state’s public school annual budget, remember that Lottery funds are meant only to supplement public education, not to replace state and local funding. We concede that in the bigger picture our contributions to education are a drop in the bucket, but in this economy, every penny helps.

The Lottery’s mandate, as defined in the California State Lottery Act, is to provide supplemental funding to California public education at all levels. K-12 education, Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California and other educational entities all benefit from Lottery proceeds.

All segments of public schools receive the same per pupil funding level from the Lottery based on the average daily attendance of students in each school district. Since 1985, the educational institutions that receive Lottery funds and their cumulative distributions are listed below:

Grade Level Percentage of Distribution
K-12th Grade 80.3%
Community Colleges 13.6%
California State University System 3.7%
University of California 2.2%
Other Educational Entities 0.2%

Once a quarter, the Lottery sends its educational supplemental dollars to the State Controller’s Office (SCO) who then audits those contributions. The SCO in turn distributes them to County Treasurers who then send the money to County Offices of Education, School Districts and the administrators of higher education. Those entities determine how Lottery funds are distributed and spent within their systems. The Lottery is not involved in this decision-making process.

Some districts, especially smaller school districts and higher education, have used funds for computer labs, teacher workshops and science programs, as well as art and music programs.

We’re doing the legwork for you! Our video team is visiting public school campuses up and down the state to track specific and unique examples of Lottery funding at work. The key reason many administrators tell us they appreciate this type of funding is that it allows for so much LOCAL control. They know what their students need and they can use Lottery funding to directly target those issues. We continue to be amazed by the different ways Lottery money is being used to help our students. View these examples for yourself on our Education Videos portal. You can feel proud of the role you play in supporting public education in our state.

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