Giving Back to Virginia Public Schools

Here at the Virginia Lottery, we take playing very seriously. Fun matters. Excitement matters. And so

does the education of Virginia's youngest residents. It's the very 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 the

Commonwealth. Last year, the Lottery contributed more than a half-billion dollars to Virginia's public schools.

What better reason to get in the game?

We're Game for Education

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

In Fiscal Year 2018, the Virginia Lottery had sales of more than $2.1 billion. Of this total, the Lottery generated more than $606 million, or 28.3%, for public education grades K-12 (this number represents about 10% of the state’s entire budget for education); 61.1% went back to players in the form of prizes; 5.7% went to the retailers who sell Virginia Lottery tickets, and 4.9% went to operational expenses.

When Virginians voted in 1987 for a state-operated lottery, some people made the assumption that they voted on how to spend the Lottery's proceeds. This was not the case. The 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, the 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 the year 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 be used solely for educational purposes.

Virginia Lottery Revenue Distribution

Fiscal Year Sales Prizes Retailer Compensation Operating Expenses Proceeds*
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 2018
Accomack 3,360,261.00
Albemarle 4,085,992.83
Alexandria City 3,269,037.17
Alleghany 1,378,568.46
Amelia 973,232.00
Amherst 3,071,510.97
Appomattox 1,500,090.31
Arlington 4,159,494.18
Augusta 5,756,071.39
Bath 190,971.52
Bedford 4,123,185.24
Bland 300,376.46
Botetourt 1,565,649.60
Bristol City 1,967,832.22
Brunswick 1,948,023.39
Buchanan 1,632,312.12
Buckingham 1,452,744.37
Buena Vista City 645,804.02
Campbell  4,965,848.30
Caroline  2,228,305.52
Carroll  2,799,951.69
Charles City 350,436.04
Charlotte  1,228,673.38
Charlottesville City 2,641,149.06
Chesapeake City 21,118,442.57
Chesterfield  20,431,325.82
Clarke  429,546.87
Colonial Beach Town 423,439.44
Colonial Heights City 1,322,172.86
Covington City 654,171.45
Craig  473,186.51
Culpeper Count 4,347,659.61
Cumberland  992,561.38
Danville City 5,970,702.95
Dickenson  1,400,404.25
Dinwiddie  2,423,514.56
Emporia City 927,472.89
Essex  854,830.42
Fairfax City 208,069.95
Fairfax  31,195,424.59
Falls Church City 248,876.63
Fauquier  2,330,655.43
Floyd  974,499.49
Fluvanna  1,768,869.00
Franklin City 1,291,267.00
Franklin 4,555,726.77
Frederick  5,576,138.86
Fredericksburg City 1,421,971.96
Galax City 1,112,803.32
Giles  1,182,722.69
Gloucester  2,592,634.16
Goochland  414,261.79
Grayson  1,084,522.45
Greene  1,981,600.68
Greensville  1,268,292.24
Halifax 3,287,207.08
Hampton City 15,578,450.85
Hanover 4,334,022.00
Harrisonburg City 6,011,699.37
Henrico 21,575,722.58
Henry 7,789,432.77
Highland 816,778.84
Hopewell City 4,159,644.51
Isle of Wight 2,588,754.21
King and Queen 573,812.20
King George 1,661,515.46
King William 1,128,302.54
Lancaster 505,574.03
Lee 2,324,815.67
Lexington City 133,269.14
Loudoun 13,382,864.49
Louisa 2,178,912.66
Lunenburg 1,206,301.22
Lynchburg City 7,193,524.47
Madison 1,002,986.80
Manassas City 6,879,759.54
Manassas Park City 3,481,272.68
Martinsville City 2,082,476.91
Mathews 315,830.07
Mecklenburg 2,542,753.36
Middlesex 371,675.07
Montgomery 4,370,433.30
Nelson 849,125.48
New Kent 846,405.45
Newport News City 26,195,018.60
Norfolk City 28,780,098.41
Northampton 1,180,779.64
Northumberland 380,086.81
Norton City 512,274.20
Nottoway 2,054,585.46
Orange 2,620,978.43
Page 2,471,730.83
Patrick 1,488,526.57
Petersburg City 5,169,191.46
Pittsylvania 5,960,165.05
Poquoson City 670,606.29
Portsmouth City 14,075,809.16
Powhatan 1,237,457.42
Prince Edward 1,555,172.33
Prince George 3,024,951.86
Prince William 51,327,614.01
Pulaski 2,320,775.67
Radford City 774,529.59
Rappahannock 126,085.65
Richmond City 17,313,139.53
Richmond 994,257.76
Roanoke City 14,893,978.57
Roanoke 4,540,271.89
Rockbridge 1,062,479.37
Rockingham 7,349,869.72
Russell 3,766,872.70
Salem City 1,803,292.26
Scott 2,414,870.86
Shenandoah 3,882,842.24
Smyth 3,475,096.43
Southampton 2,540,616.66
Spotsylvania 9,845,554.59
Stafford 8,933,608.34
Staunton City 2,380,955.70
Suffolk City 9,242,329.68
Surry 270,755.00
Sussex 1,011,638.04
Tazewell 3,321,754.74
Virginia Beach City 32,798,563.38
Warren 2,262,809.20
Washington 4,096,821.56
Waynesboro City 2,298,314.06
West Point Town 488,377.85
Westmoreland 1,266,891.91
Williamsburg City 260,870.15
Winchester City 3,094,499.03
Wise 4,259,543.46
Wythe 2,359,867.00
York 3,281,827.00

Based on Chapter 1, 2018 Virginia Acts of Assembly. Educational programs supported by Lottery profits include: Career and Technical Education, Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Reading Intervention, K-3 Primary Class Size Reduction, School Breakfast Program, Algebra Readiness, Special Education, Project Graduation and Textbooks.

Literary Fund

By law, all unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes go to the Literary Fund. The Literary Fund is used solely for educational purposes, such as upgrading technology in schools and teacher retirement funding.

The Lottery transferred $14.1 million to the Literary Fund in Fiscal Year 2018. Since 1988, the Lottery has transferred more than $289.2 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 $1.97 million in FY 2018, for a total of more than $32.3 million since 1988.

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