Giving Back to Virginia Public Schools

At the Virginia Lottery, we take playing seriously. Fun matters. Excitement matters. And so

does the education of Virginia's youngest residents. It's the reason we play so enthusiastically. Every time

you scratch a ticket or pick your numbers for the big jackpot, you are creating winners in education all over Virginia. Last year, the Lottery contributed nearly $650 million to Virginia's public schools.

The Lottery works for education

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for K-12 public education in Virginia.

In Fiscal Year 2019, the Virginia Lottery had sales of more than $2.3 billion. Of this total, the Lottery generated nearly $650 million, or 28.3% of sales, for K-12 public education (this number represents about 10% of the state’s entire budget for education), 61.1% went back to players in the form of prizes, 5.6% went to the retailers who sell Virginia Lottery tickets, and 5.0% went to operational expenses.

When Virginians voted in 1987 for a state-operated lottery, some people assumed that they voted on how to spend the Lottery's proceeds. This was not the case. Lottery proceeds, which are approximately one-third of Lottery sales, were to be used as determined by the General Assembly. The use of the proceeds has changed over time. In 1989, Lottery proceeds were dedicated to capital-construction projects. From 1990 to 1998, Lottery proceeds were transferred to the state's General Fund. Starting in 1999, a state budget amendment sent Lottery proceeds to local public-school divisions to be used solely for educational purposes. In 2000, more than 80% of Virginia voters said yes to the creation of the State Lottery Proceeds Fund. The measure, now a permanent part of Virginia's Constitution, directs all Virginia Lottery profits to be used solely for educational purposes.

Virginia Lottery Revenue Distribution

Fiscal Year Sales Prizes Retailer Compensation Operating Expenses Proceeds*
2019 $2.293 b $1.402 b $128.7 m $115.6 m $649.7 m
2018
$2.139 b $1.307 b $121.3 m $105.5 m $606.2 m
2017  $1.990 b $1.214 b $112.0 m   $106.3 m   $558.3 m
2016  $2.007 b $1.208 b $112.7 m   $98.7 m   $588.2 m
2015  $1.844 b $1.116 b  $103.9 m   $90.8 m   $533.8 m
2014  $1.811 b $1.082 b  $101.5 m   $89.7 m   $538.6 m
2013 $1.689 b $1.025 b $95.0 m $84.1 m $486.5 m
2012 $1.616 b $962.3 m $90.7 m $77.9 m $487.1 m
2011 $1.482 b $881.0 m $83.8 m $74.9 m $444.2 m
2010 $1.435 b $852.7 m $80.4 m $73.8 m $430.2 m
2009 $1.365 b $781.0 m $76.9 m $73.7 m $439.1 m
2008 $1.386 b $792.3 m $77.7 m $73.7 m $455.3 m
2007 $1.362 b $791.7 m $76.4 m $68.0 m $437.1 m
2006 $1.365 b $773.5 m $76.2 m $69.7 m $454.9 m
2005 $1.333 b $774.6 m $75.6 m $66.2 m $423.5 m
2004 $1.262 b $720.2 m $70.7 m $68.1 m $408.1 m
2003 $1.135 b $638.1 m $63.0 m $69.3 m $375.2 m
2002 $1.108 b $613.7 m $62.2 m $75.2 m $367.7 m
2001 $1.002 b $557.3 m $55.9 m $73.1 m $329.1 m
2000 $973.0 m $537.3 m $55.2 m $67.2 m $323.5 m
1999 $934.5 m $506.9 m $52.1 m $68.8 m $321.9 m
1998 $914.2 m $503.8 m $49.5 m $69.8 m $318.9 m
1997 $920.8 m $475.5 m $49.5 m $64.8 m $342.5 m
1996 $924.3 m $489.6 m $49.1 m $64.1 m $332.6 m
1995 $902.5 m $487.3 m $48.4 m $65.6 m $311.6 m
1994 $875.5 m $465.6 m $47.5 m $65.8 m $303.5 m
1993 $843.4 m $444.7 m $45.0 m $63.5 m $297.0 m
1992 $846.6 m $454.3 m $45.2 m $64.5 m $290.8 m
1991 $790.3 m $421.0 m $41.9 m $53.3 m $294.5 m
1990 $474.8 m $252.4 m $24.7 m $43.1 m $156.5 m
1989 $409.1 m $205.9 m $20.6 m $41.6 m $140.5 m
TOTAL $35.006
billion
$20.030
billion
$1.943
billion
$2.065
billion
$11.191
billion

*Not all proceeds earned in a fiscal year are appropriated in that year.

Making a difference in your community

School Division FY 2019
ACCOMACK $3,995,512
ALBEMARLE $3,285,183
ALEXANDRIA $3,989,074
ALLEGHANY $1,565,775
AMELIA $1,124,279
AMHERST $2,766,476
APPOMATTOX $1,562,474
ARLINGTON $4,864,923
AUGUSTA $5,786,520
BATH $256,874
BEDFORD $4,593,429
BEDFORD CITY * $0
BLAND $376,672
BOTETOURT $1,617,402
BRISTOL $2,162,934
BRUNSWICK $2,105,063
BUCHANAN $2,258,037
BUCKINGHAM $1,903,438
BUENA VISTA $671,872
CAMPBELL $5,082,076
CAROLINE $2,608,664
CARROLL $3,033,349
CHARLES CITY $316,336
CHARLOTTE $1,474,699
CHARLOTTESVILLE $2,310,665
CHESAPEAKE CITY $19,230,968
CHESTERFIELD $25,093,985
CLARKE $473,029
COLONIAL BEACH $546,383
COLONIAL HEIGHTS $1,436,269
COVINGTON $833,163
CRAIG $320,663
CULPEPER $4,443,694
CUMBERLAND $1,287,315
DANVILLE $7,139,147
DICKENSON $1,742,138
DINWIDDIE $3,020,322
EMPORIA $976,955
ESSEX $1,029,256
FAIRFAX $38,750,843
FAIRFAX CITY $346,730
FALLS CHURCH $242,230
FAUQUIER $2,727,611
FLOYD $1,175,318
FLUVANNA $1,627,710
FRANKLIN $4,391,928
FRANKLIN CITY $1,315,771
FREDERICK $5,032,262
FREDERICKSBURG $1,685,864
GALAX $1,164,873
GILES $1,614,824
GLOUCESTER $2,171,346
GOOCHLAND $410,213
GRAYSON $1,158,566
GREENE $1,639,605
GREENSVILLE $1,378,275
HALIFAX $3,872,276
HAMPTON $15,609,406
HANOVER $4,915,672
HARRISONBURG $5,923,086
HENRICO $26,033,439
HENRY $7,473,123
HIGHLAND $754,036
HOPEWELL $5,048,732
ISLE OF WIGHT $2,436,642
JAMES CITY $2,696,322
KING GEORGE $1,619,517
KING QUEEN $473,915
KING WILLIAM $1,219,849
LANCASTER $431,755
LEE $2,911,423
LEXINGTON $182,542
LOUDOUN $17,876,647
LOUISA $1,929,854
LUNENBURG $1,468,268
LYNCHBURG $7,283,301
MADISON $733,857
MANASSAS CITY $5,845,016
MANASSAS PARK $2,856,796
MARTINSVILLE $2,305,383
MATHEWS $392,380
MECKLENBURG $3,036,683
MIDDLESEX $465,034
MONTGOMERY $5,256,482
NELSON $841,651
NEW KENT $943,285
NEWPORT NEWS $27,327,617
NORFOLK $29,178,964
NORTHAMPTON $1,351,056
NORTHUMBERLAND $439,804
NORTON $636,322
NOTTOWAY $2,441,161
ORANGE $2,599,813
PAGE $2,141,605
PATRICK $2,140,102
PETERSBURG $6,129,949
PITTSYLVANIA $6,871,061
POQUOSON $569,707
PORTSMOUTH $13,430,258
POWHATAN $1,364,996
PRINCE EDWARD $1,968,965
PRINCE GEORGE $3,686,114
PRINCE WILLIAM $39,752,896
PULASKI $2,950,541
RADFORD $1,012,703
RAPPAHANNOCK $354,057
RICHMOND $1,029,170
RICHMOND CITY $19,677,620
ROANOKE $5,264,901
ROANOKE CITY $14,137,533
ROCKBRIDGE $1,223,669
ROCKINGHAM $5,927,032
RUSSELL $4,166,141
SALEM $1,775,137
SCOTT $3,230,253
SHENANDOAH $3,506,393
SMYTH $3,616,598
SOUTHAMPTON $1,803,608
SPOTSYLVANIA $11,173,833
STAFFORD $11,127,155
STAUNTON $2,061,095
SUFFOLK $9,024,201
SURRY $241,481
SUSSEX $1,276,030
TAZEWELL $4,212,981
VIRGINIA BEACH $28,706,486
WARREN $2,682,219
WASHINGTON $4,698,533
WAYNESBORO $2,216,319
WEST POINT $373,642
WESTMORELAND $1,466,708
WILLIAMSBURG $234,618
WINCHESTER $2,775,104
WISE $5,233,595
WYTHE $2,575,152
YORK $3,621,333
*In FY 2014, Bedford City school division was consolidated with Bedford County school division.

Lottery Proceeds Fund balances are distributed by the Virginia Department of Education in accordance with the approved state budget. Details are included in the current year’s Appropriation Act in the Office of Education Budget.

Literary Fund

By law, all unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes go to the Literary Fund, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades.

The Lottery transferred $6.5 million to the Literary Fund in Fiscal Year 2019. Since 1988, the Lottery has transferred nearly $295.7 million in unclaimed prizes to the Literary Fund.

Set-Off Debt Collection Act

The Lottery also participates in the Set-Off Debt Collection Act, in which prize payments are withheld to pay certain obligations that the prize winner owes. Examples of these obligations are state and federal taxes, child support and tuition from state universities or colleges. The Virginia Lottery collected more than $2.45 million in FY 2019 and has collected a total of more than $34.7 million since 1988.

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Where Virginia Lottery Profits Go

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for public education in the Commonwealth, for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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