Supplement not Supplant: Education Lottery Revenues
Education Lottery revenues have in many instances supplanted, not supplemented, the States spending
on K-12 and Higher Education. In the former, this has meant Lottery money for basic instructional needs
rather than special programs and teacher training. With Higher Education, this has caused a shell game of
rerouting money through scholarships to pay for higher tuition rather than using General Fund revenues
for reoccurring appropriations. Students and parents across the state are paying for this policy.
Lawmakers need to refocus the Lottery revenues into transparent supplementary projects to ensure
revenue stability for education programs.