Michigan School Aid Fund receives $1.4 billion from state lottery


Governor Whitmer announced today that the Michigan Lottery contributed a record $1.419 billion to the School Aid Fund in fiscal year 2021, breaking its previous record set last year by nearly 240 millions of dollars. This is the third consecutive year that the Lottery has contributed more than $1 billion to the fund, and the Lottery’s seventh consecutive record contribution.

“When the Michiganders play to win, our students and our schools win too,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The Michigan Lottery’s record contribution to the School Support Fund helps us keep kids safe and learning in person, provides critical funding to support K-12 programs, and ensures every family has access to an education.” high quality audience. The Lottery’s record performance over the past seven years has helped us prioritize Michigan students. Together, we have closed the funding gap between schools, increased funding per student, and improved school facilities, all without raising taxes. I am grateful to everyone who has made this substantial investment in our children possible.

Since the start of the record streak in fiscal year 2015, the Lottery’s contribution to the School Aid Fund has increased by 78.5%.
The lottery’s contributions to the School Aid Fund over the previous six years were:

  • FY20: $1.179 billion
  • FY19: $1.070 billion
  • FY18: $941.2 million
  • FY17: $924.1 million
  • FY16: $888.9 million
  • FY15: $795.5 million

Lottery retailers received a record $370.9 million in commissions during FY21, up more than 82% from $203.6 million in FY15. The average payment to retailers in FY21 as a percentage of sales was 7.4%, including commissions, incentives and bonuses. Lottery products are sold at more than 10,000 locations across Michigan, ranging from independent businesses to large chains. In FY21, 925 retailers sold $1 million or more in lottery games.

“Lottery purchases help support Michigan schools and businesses,” said Lottery Commissioner, Brian O. Neill. “These incredible results would not be possible without our players, our retailers, our suppliers, the dedicated Lottery team, and the support of the entire state government.”

Other records set by the Lottery in FY21 include over $5 billion in sales and over $3.1 billion in player prizes. Record FY21 sales were driven largely by instant games, a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot and the lottery’s internet platform.

Since its inception in 1972, the lottery has raised more than $26 billion for Michigan public education. About $7.2 billion, or 28%, of that amount was raised in the last seven record years.

The Lottery is also committed to promoting responsible gaming. Michigan was the first state lottery to receive certification of its online program by the National Council on Problem Gambling and also achieved Responsible Gambling Verification by the North American State and Provincial Lottery Association . Responsible Gaming information and resources are available on the Lottery’s website at: www.michiganlottery.com/responsible-gaming.

For every dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in fiscal year 21, approximately:

  • 61 cents went to players as prizes
  • 28 cents went to the School Aid Fund to support public education
  • 9 cents went to commissions for retailers and vendors
  • 2 cents funded the operations and administrative costs of the Lottery

Under state law, all lottery proceeds go to the school aid fund.

All FY21 figures are preliminary and unaudited.

More than 97 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes to the state in the form of contributions to the State Educational Aid Fund, player prizes, and commissions to vendors and retailers. In fiscal year 2021, the lottery provided more than $1.419 billion to Michigan public schools, its seventh consecutive record contribution. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has donated more than $26 billion to support public education in Michigan. For more information, follow the Michigan Lottery at Facebook, instagram, Twitter and online at www.michiganlottery.com.


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