CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION
Funding a better future for California's students.
The Lottery's mandate in the California State Lottery Act is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on all levels from kindergarten through the University of California plus several specialized schools. And our goal has been to help meet the needs of educational funding by managing sales growth.
All segments of the 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 its inception in October 1985, the Lottery has provided approximately $28 billion to students in California's public schools. Below are the educational institutions that receive Lottery funds along with fund distribution.
|Educational Institution||Percent of Overall Lottery Funds|
|Kindergarten - 12th Grade
|California State University System
|University of California
|Other Educational Entities
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Local education administrators, elected school boards and the administrators of higher education make the decisions regarding how Lottery funds are spent in their schools and we are not involved in this decision-making process. According to the Lottery Act, Lottery contributions can be used only for instructional purposes and it bans use for the acquisition of property, the construction of facilities or the funding of research. Approximately 80-90% of Lottery funds are used in California's public schools to attract and retain teachers. Some districts, especially the smaller school districts and higher education, have used funds for computer labs, teacher workshops, science programs, as well as art and music programs.