State schools

Michigan Lottery contributes nearly $1.5 billion to public schools

LANSING (WWJ) – The Michigan Lottery paid out a record amount to schools in 2021.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday that the lottery has added $1.419 billion to its school aid fund, breaking its previous record of $240 million set in 2020.

According to officials, 2021 marks the third consecutive year the lottery has contributed more than $1 billion to the fund.

Since the start of their streak in 2015, the lottery’s contribution to the school aid fund has increased by 78.5%, with 2021 marking its seventh consecutive record contribution.

“When the Michiganders play to win, our students and schools win too,” Whitmer said. “The Michigan Lottery’s record contribution to the School Support Fund helps us keep kids safe and learning in person, provides critical funding to support K-12 programs, and ensures every family has access to a public education. High quality. The lottery’s record performance over the past seven years has helped us prioritize Michigan students. Together, we have closed the funding gap between schools, increased funding per student, and improved school facilities, all without raising taxes. I am grateful to everyone who has made this substantial investment in our children possible.

The lottery’s contributions to the School Aid Fund over the previous six years were:

• 2020 – $1.179 billion
• 2019 – $1.070 billion
• 2018 – $941.2 million
• 2017 – $924.1 million
• 2016 – $888.9 million
• 2015 – $795.5 million

Other records set by the lottery in 2021 include over $5 billion in sales and over $3.1 billion in player prizes.

“Lottery purchases help support Michigan schools and businesses,” said Lottery Commissioner Brian O. Neill. “These incredible results would not be possible without our players, our retailers, our vendors, the dedicated lottery team, and the support of the entire state government.”

Since its inception in 1972, the Michigan Lottery is said to have raised more than $26 billion for public education in Michigan. About $7.2 billion, or 28%, of that amount has been raised over the past seven years.

For every dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in 2021, approximately:

• 61 cents went to players as prizes
• 28 cents went to the School Aid Fund to support public education
• 9 cents went to commissions for retailers and salespeople
• 2 cents funded the operations and administrative costs of the Lottery

Under state law, all lottery proceeds go to the school aid fund.

Responsible gaming information and resources are available on the lottery website website.