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Lottery Funds At Work

Part of every dollar you play goes to bettering California's public education.


$26.6 Billion to Education...and Counting

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.

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Education FAQs

How much does the Lottery give to California public schools?

In total Lottery contributions, California public schools have received over $34 billion in Lottery funds since the Lottery began in October 1985. The Lottery generated $1.7 billion for public schools in FY 2017-18. This contribution currently represents about 1% of the state’s public school annual budget. Remember, Lottery funds are to supplement public education, not to replace state and local funding.

How are Lottery funds distributed?

The Lottery’s mandate, as defined in the California State Lottery Act, is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on all levels from kindergarten through higher education, plus several specialized schools.

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:

K-12th Grade -- 76.71%
Community Colleges -- 16.22%
California State University System -- 4.30%
University of California -- 2.70%
Other Educational Entities -- .07%

Who decides how the Lottery contributions are used?

Local education administrators, elected school boards and the administrators of higher education make the decisions how Lottery funds are distributed and spent within their systems. The Lottery is not involved in this decision-making process.

What are the provisions for use of Lottery money and how is the money spent?

According to the Lottery Act, Lottery contributions can be used only for instructional purposes. The Act bans the use of Lottery funds for the acquisition of property, the construction of facilities or the funding of research.

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