Oklahoma Bill Seeks to Remove Mandate on Lottery Contribution to Education Funding

Apr 25, 2017

A bill that seeks to increase the lottery's contribution to education funding is heading to the Governor Mary Fallin's desk.

By law, the Oklahoma lottery gives 35 percent of its profits to education. But officials from the Oklahoma Lottery Commission say this mandate is actually stifling the amount of money that goes to schools.

They say it limits their ability to award large cash prizes, and so a lot of people don't play.

House Bill 1837 eliminates the 35 percent mandate, which allows lottery officials to increase the size of payouts, encouraging more people to play, and ultimately increasing funding for education.

The bill requires $50 million to go to education every year. And, any profits over that would go to special science, technology, and reading programs.