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 more than $595 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 2020, the Virginia Lottery had sales of nearly $2.15 billion. Of this total, the Lottery generated more than $595 million, or 27.7% of sales, for K-12 public education (this number represents about 10% of the state’s entire budget for education), 61.3% went back to players in the form of prizes, 5.6% went to the retailers who sell Virginia Lottery tickets, and 5.4% 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

Revenue Distribution
Fiscal Year Sales Prizes Retailer Compensation Operating Expenses Proceeds*
2020 $2.149 b $1.318 b $120.7 m $116.9 m $595.3 m
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 $39.440
billion
$22.739
billion
$2.193 
billion
$2.287
billion
$12.447
billion

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

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Making a difference in your community

County and City Revenue
School Division FY 2020
Accomack 3,854,037.26
Albemarle 3,390,608.48
Alexandria 3,902,817.34
Alleghany 1,346,836.41
Amelia 1,033,979.12
Amherst 2,653,045.97
Appomattox 1,505,082.77
Arlington 4,777,449.75
Augusta 5,751,311.47
Bath 123,363.94
Bedford 4,515,622.65
Bland 342,591.30
Botetourt 1,591,184.93
Bristol 2,034,483.13
Brunswick 1,897,601.95
Buchanan 1,877,994.76
Buckingham 1,719,648.49
Buena Vista 644,730.47
Campbell 4,881,785.36
Caroline 2,548,512.86
Carroll 2,853,040.02
Charles City 326,926.55
Charlotte 1,338,988.54
Charlottesville 2,231,495.51
Chesapeake 18,770,521.44
Chesterfield 26,166,266.54
Clarke 477,733.98
Colonial Beach 633,843.06
Colonial Heights 1,502,432.36
Covington 771,785.23
Craig 275,199.92
Culpeper 4,452,956.77
Cumberland 1,203,375.81
Danville 6,669,296.44
Dickenson 1,642,136.09
Dinwiddie 2,860,941.57
Emporia 836,149.00
Essex 930,734.77
Fairfax City 321,371.00
Fairfax County 38,990,546.02
Falls Church 244,190.30
Fauquier 2,762,297.47
Floyd 1,099,299.20
Fluvanna 1,619,144.92
Franklin City 1,222,748.58
Franklin County 4,029,107.89
Frederick 5,266,303.15
Fredericksburg 1,576,983.35
Galax 1,127,412.26
Giles 1,529,222.51
Gloucester 2,051,105.85
Goochland 447,157.93
Grayson 1,111,068.14
Greene 1,532,199.77
Greensville 1,294,409.11
Halifax 3,538,515.56
Hampton 14,868,248.46
Hanover 4,882,483.97
Harrisonburg 5,698,070.86
Henrico 26,564,203.96
Henry 6,823,824.86
Highland 786,937.84
Hopewell 4,540,391.82
Isle of Wight 2,372,802.77
James City 2,835,496.00
King and Queen 489,365.21
King George 1,613,137.00
King William 1,208,188.23
Lancaster 352,260.88
Lee 2,641,702.26
Lexington 170,107.70
Loudoun 18,343,645.73
Louisa 1,899,832.88
Lunenburg 1,401,498.77
Lynchburg 6,740,434.36
Madison 692,873.96
Manassas 5,570,748.05
Manassas Park 2,623,146.74
Martinsville 2,033,391.02
Mathews 354,218.82
Mecklenburg 2,894,767.61
Middlesex 493,681.05
Montgomery 5,127,310.76
Nelson 747,803.19
New Kent 955,299.48
Newport News 26,070,015.85
Norfolk 27,324,210.00
Northampton 1,206,079.38
Northumberland 402,972.85
Norton 584,741.55
Nottoway 2,273,325.09
Orange 2,543,753.78
Page 2,078,155.71
Patrick 2,009,161.95
Petersburg 5,782,870.82
Pittsylvania 6,488,361.17
Poquoson 581,190.11
Portsmouth 12,554,117.94
Powhatan 1,426,608.85
Prince Edward 1,760,054.69
Prince George 3,575,886.47
Prince William 39,635,765.26
Pulaski 2,821,493.03
Radford 986,732.92
Rappahannock 385,830.07
Richmond City 18,262,503.62
Richmond County 1,049,672.49
Roanoke City 13,262,904.72
Roanoke County 5,241,832.99
Rockbridge 1,191,751.04
Rockingham 5,835,961.09
Russell 4,045,127.01
Salem 1,785,832.60
Scott 3,321,819.26
Shenandoah 3,387,784.77
Smyth 3,357,953.10
Southampton 1,695,378.32
Spotsylvania 10,860,883.89
Stafford 11,254,800.89
Staunton 1,575,175.30
Suffolk 8,682,071.09
Surry 230,393.01
Sussex 1,097,829.66
Tazewell 3,897,152.42
Virginia Beach 28,047,513.43
Warren 2,628,349.28
Washington 4,289,176.02
Waynesboro 2,311,900.92
West Point 418,222.37
Westmoreland 1,414,290.79
Williamsburg 246,530.84
Winchester 2,642,159.94
Wise 4,933,697.88
Wythe 2,427,619.89
York 3,658,714.70
Henrico County Career and Technical Education Resource Center 723,331.98
Fairfax County (Local Government) 5,180,994.00
Albemarle County (Local Government) 610,459.00
$613,371,800.08

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 $14 million to the Literary Fund in Fiscal Year 2020. Since 1988, the Lottery has transferred more than $309.7 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 million in FY 2020 and has collected a total of more than $36.8 million since 1988.

More than $10 billion give to public education 
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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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FY 2019 Annual Financial Report

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