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WASTEBUSTERS: Missouri Lottery Education Spending

The Missouri Lottery generated $1,400,216,223 of revenue in 2018, according to unaudited data from the program’s headquarters. Of that sum, $306,072,098 was forwarded to public education.

In the 2018 fiscal year, $306,072,098 was allocated to public education, an amount that has steadily grown since the lottery’s inception in the 1980s.

For every dollar that was spent by the public on the state lottery in 2018, roughly $0.66 went to winners, $0.06 went to retailers, $0.04 was used for administrative costs and the other $0.24 was forwarded to the Missouri legislature for public education spending.

Per state statue, the revenue generated by the lottery is deposited into the state lottery fund. There, the money is used to pay out prizes, retailer compensation and administrative costs. The remaining sum is sent to the state’s general revenue fund and distributed to the 500+ school districts and public universities across the Show-Me State.

The distribution is carried out via a formula decided upon by the state legislature and typically accounts for a district’s total enrollment, transportation needs, special education program attendance and other factors.

Perry Gorrell, superintendent of Cole R-1 Schools in Russellville, said his lottery appropriations are used solely to fund teachers salaries.

“For us, it goes 100 percent to fund salaries for the teachers of our school district,” said Gorrell. “We do have some flexibility with what we call ‘classroom trust money’ if we so need. However, our district puts it to our balances to pay our teachers salaries.”

Gorrell’s district received $159,743 from the state lottery in FY 2019, which he said is the equivalent of about $404 for each student in the district.

Below is a breakdown of the total state lottery allocations to various mid-Missouri school districts in FY2019.

BOONE COUNTY

CENTRALIA R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT
$453,551

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
$249,194

COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
$6,677,905

HALLSVILLE R-IV SCHOOL DIST
$536,547

HARRISBURG R-VIII
$209,664

MISSOURI HEALTH & EDUCATIONAL
$1,677,795

SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY R-I
$642,107

STEPHENS COLLEGE
$48,436

STURGEON R-V SCHOOL DISTRICT
$144,382

UNIVERSITY OF MO – COLUMBIA
$1,264,741

VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGS.
$92,813

TOTAL
$11,997,135

COLE COUNTY

COLE COUNTY R-I SCHOOL
$159,743

COLE COUNTY R-II
$440,572

COLE COUNTY R-V SCHOOL
$161,634

DIV FINANCE & ADMINISTRAT SVCS
$15,199

JEFFERSON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
$1,850,881

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
$1,881,659

OA FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
$1,212

VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGS.
$9,821

TOTAL
$4,520,721

CALLAWAY COUNTY

FULTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NO 58
$763,671

NEW BLOOMFIELD R-III SCHOOLS
$208,911

NORTH CALLAWAY R-I
$330,508

SOUTH CALLAWAY R-II SCHOOL
$143,593

VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGS.
$9,122

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
$75,351

WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY
$41,032

TOTAL
$1,572,188

COOPER COUNTY

BLACKWATER R-II
$67,468

BOONVILLE REORG SCHOOL DIST 1
$440,343

COOPER COUNTY R-IV SCHOOL DIST
$94,415

OTTERVILLE R-VI
$100,109

PILOT GROVE C-IV SCHOOL
$78,466

PRAIRIE HOME R-V
$61,256

VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGS.
$202

TOTAL
$842,259

HOWARD COUNTY

CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY
$279,098

FAYETTE R-III
$146,289

GLASGOW SCHOOL DISTRICT
$98,841

HIGBEE R-VIII SCHOOL DIST
$15,283

NEW FRANKLIN R-I
$137,388

TOTAL
$676,899

RANDOLPH COUNTY

MOBERLY AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
$1,980,642

MOBERLY SCHOOL DISTRICT
$237,618

NORTHEAST R-IV
$34,576

RENICK R-V SCHOOL DISTRICT
$17,463

VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGS.
$1,193

WESTRAN R-I
$60,914

TOTAL
$2,332,406

MONITEAU COUNTY

CLARKSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT
$14,415

HIGH POINT R-III
$16,643

JAMESTOWN C-1 SCHOOL
$30,145

MONITEAU COUNTY R-1 SCHOOL
$123,169

TIPTON R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT
$81,916

TOTAL
$266,288

AUDRAIN COUNTY

COMMUNITY R-VI SCHOOL
$96,986

MEXICO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
$571,272

VAN-FAR R-I SCHOOL DISTRICT
$188,578

VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND ORGS.
$30

TOTAL

$856,866

The full breakdown of every Missouri county’s expenditures can be viewed by following this link.

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