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California Lottery Benefits California Schools


Since the first lottery ticket was sold in 1985, the California Lottery has been doing its part to help improve the lives of countless Golden State residents through its lucrative Lottery games and promotions. We believe everybody has the right to dream big.

In the past three years, Lottery sales have continued to grow at a rapid rate, rising from $3.44 billion in Fiscal Year 2010-2011 to $5.03 billion in 2013-2014 – the most money the Lottery has ever generated in a single year.The amount generated for our beneficiary came to a record $1.35 billion in FY 2013-14, and is undoubtedly welcomed by the thousands of public school students, parents, teachers and administrators throughout California. This amount represents the 14th consecutive year the Lottery has sent more than one billion dollars to state schools. And through the efforts of our staff, we know that while the amount is only about 1 percent of education’s overall budget, these dollars help schools in very real ways.

Since its inception, the Lottery has contributed approximately $28 billion in supplemental funding to California schools. K-12 education, Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and other educational entities all benefit from Lottery proceeds.

We concede that when you consider public education’s overall needs our contributions are a drop in the bucket, but during tough economic times every penny helps. Every day the Lottery makes winners by providing entertaining games and exciting promotions for lottery players, all while generating critical financial support for educational programs throughout our State.

See the amount of funding that goes to each school or district here »