The basic principles that guide our purpose.
The California Lottery was started to promote the betterment of California and California public education. Today we’re able to provide more than $1.3 billion of annual support to statewide educational programs due in part to the path set by Proposition 37, the California State Lottery Act, and the foundation for sound business developed in our Lottery Regulations.
In April 2010, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 142, which changed the Lottery’s funding formula to follow best practices. Those practices have helped lotteries throughout the nation increase sales and earn more money for their beneficiary.
AB 142 limits administrative expenses to 13 percent of sales, while requiring that 87 percent of sales go back to the public in the form of prizes and contributions to education. The law gives the Lottery the flexibility to pay out a higher percentage of its revenues in prizes than it has in the past, but only if it does so in a way that increases the total amount of money that goes to public schools and colleges.
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The California State Lottery Act »
California Lottery Regulations, Approved June 25, 2015 »