Missouri Lottery Pays Out Less to Education

Published 07/23 2014 03:41PM

Updated 07/23 2014 09:52PM

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) Governor Jay Nixon has called for a review of the Missouri lottery after a drop in funding for public schools.

The governor says lottery revenues dedicated to fund public education dropped to its lowest point in a decade, while lottery ticket sales continued to increase.

Governor Nixon says only 23 percent of lottery proceeds were transferred to education last year.

"For more than two decades, Missourians have counted on the lottery to help provide the resources our schools need to deliver the high quality education our kids deserve," Gov. Nixon said. "Today, we have a responsibility to make sure the lottery keeps its promise to our public schools in an efficient and effective manner. This comprehensive review will help ensure the Missouri Lottery continues to fulfill its mission of providing a stable funding source for Missouri schools now and for years to come."

Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1992 which designated Missouri Lottery revenues for public education.

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