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Missouri Lottery sets record for monthly payment to public schools

Monday, April 9, 2012 | 8:15 a.m. CDT; updated 9:17 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 9, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Lottery has set a monthly record for the amount of money it transfers to education.

The lottery says it transferred more than $30 million to public schools from March ticket sales, breaking the previous record of $29 million set last September.

Lottery Director May Scheve Reardon attributes part of the increase to sales for a record-high Mega Millions jackpot. She says the state also had record sales for its Scratchers games.

The majority of lottery revenues go toward prizes. But Missouri law directs a portion to public schools through the state budget. Lawmakers this year are considering whether to increase the amount of lottery revenues used in the budget.

 


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Jimmy Bearfield April 9, 2012 | 11:26 a.m.

I wonder how people statewide might have voted differently if they knew about this windfall before Tuesday.

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