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I thought that when the lottery was voted in, that money was supposed to go to schools. Also, why can't the casinos start paying something for the schools?

The question on the 1986 ballot said nothing about lottery revenues being used to support schools. Instead, the state's share of the proceeds �" 30 percent of ticket sales �" are spent on economic development, 85 percent; prison construction, 10 percent; and juvenile detention facilities, 5 percent.

Lawmakers have opposed using lottery money for schools, fearing it would send the message that "gambling is good, it helps our schools."

Run by American Indian tribes, casinos are federally regulated. Their revenues are not shared with the state.


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