2017-09-15 14:21:42.983

Lottery Makes Its Second-Largest Contribution To Public Education

Today the Missouri Lottery made its second-highest monthly proceeds transfer in its 31-year history, worth more than $35.5 million, thanks in part to the second-highest ever Powerball jackpot run that ended in August. The September transfer of $35,539,117 is based on sales in August, and brings the FY18 total to more than $78.7 million.

“The Powerball jackpot run that ended Aug. 23 generated more than $12.6 million for education,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. “Not only are high jackpots a lot of fun for players, but they also ramp up contributions to education.”

Since Missouri Lottery sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5.8 billion for the state and public education. Annual Lottery proceeds comprise about 4 percent of the state’s funding for public education – an effort shared by local, state and federal governments.

Prior to each fiscal year, the Lottery averages the most recent five years’ profits for a “benchmark” and increases that amount by 1 percent to arrive at a prudent goal for the next fiscal year.

Programs currently funded in FY18 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri, among many others.

In addition to providing funds for public education, the Lottery also benefits the state by collecting state taxes on prizes of more than $600. During FY17, the Lottery collected $3.6 million in state tax withholdings, along with another $664,000 in debt offsets for back taxes, child support, public defender fees and other state agency debts.

For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, see the “Where the $ Goes” section at MOLottery.com.


                                                                               Time Running Out for ‘Winner Wonderland’

Players who won a prize in the Missouri Lottery’s “Winner Wonderland” Scratchers game, number 128, which officially ended March 29, have until Sept. 25 to claim those prizes.

Go to MOLottery.com for how-to-claim information.

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