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Idaho Lottery to pay state a record $33 million

Idaho LotteryIdaho Lottery: Idaho Lottery to pay state a record $33 million

Idaho Lottery officials say school districts and public buildings hit a record jackpot this year with $33 million in profits from ticket sales.

The dividend announced today is split evenly between Idaho's public schools and the state's Permanent Building Fund.  It's the third straight year of record-setting dividends for the state-sanctioned gambling program.

Sales during the fiscal year that ends Friday were $131 million, up 16 percent from last year.

The biggest money maker for the Idaho Lottery are scratch tickets, which made up 61 percent of sales.  Powerball ticket sales in Idaho jumped 50 percent this year, thanks to 11 jackpots of at least $100 million.

School districts use the money to pay for a variety of needs, from building construction and paying back loans to new computers, gyms, and auditoriums.

But there's a big change this year, and lottery checks will have limits once they are distributed to school districts.  For children, the differences they'll notice inside the classroom will vary.

"It's an important thing for us. It's almost a million dollars to us. In the last couple years it's been in the $900,000 range," said Meridian School District Assistant Superintendent Bruce Gestrin.

Meridian has traditionally used its share of lottery money to pay for building construction, but Gestrin said they will resort to their planned facilities levy.

The Legislature decided recently the bulk, if not all, lottery money be used first to pay for school maintenance necessities like painting, fixing leaky roofs, and new carpet. The Dept. Of Education and other organizations representing the state's superintendents say it is "very" unlikely there will be money left to pay for non-maintenance costs, such as: remodels, new facilities, tech labs, and school buses.

This year, Boise School District used its $880,000 share of the lottery dividend to fix carpets and paint schools around its district.

"Certainly those funds are being used in a manner that is effective for children," said Boise School District spokesperson Dan Hollar. "Lottery funds allow us to free up money used in the classroom."


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bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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Posted: June 29, 2006, 2:57 pm - IP Logged

The title says: Iowa Lottery to pay state a record $33 million, but the article is about Idaho. lol.

Dance like no one is watching.

    Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
    Chief Bottle Washer
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    Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

    Sorry, I'm a big dope! Big Grin  I fixed the story.


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      bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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      March 18, 2005
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      Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

      That ok Todd. I actually knew what the article was about before I clicked on it. They had that story on this afternoons news today. =)

      Dance like no one is watching.