The Nebraska Lottery transferred a total of $49.4m in lottery proceeds to its beneficiary funds in the fiscal year 2021/22, the highest transfer recorded since its inception in 1993.
Funds were distributed every three months between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, with proceeds derived from a share of the Nebraska Lottery’s Scratch and Lotto tickets.
In September 2021, the lottery transferred $12m in proceeds; in December 2021, $12.1m was transferred.
That figure increased again in March 2022, when the Nebraska Lottery transferred $13.1m to its beneficiary funds, the highest amount transferred in the fiscal year by a considerable distance.
Its second-highest and final transfer was made in June 2022 when $12.3m was paid out by the lottery, which counts IGT as its primary vendor for its instants and draw-based games.
“Whether it’s a scratch game or Mega Millions or Powerball, when you buy a lottery ticket, you’re generating funds for good causes in our state,” said Brian Rockey, Director of the Nebraska Lottery.
“I’m grateful for the support of our players, retailers and partners in reaching this new milestone.
“Together, we are helping to build a better Nebraska.”
Since the Nebraska Lottery began operations in September 1993, a total of $880.5m has been distributed to good causes.
The funds are distributed into four key areas in the state; Education as directed by the legislature (44.5%) – currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5%), the Nebraska State Fair, and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1%, plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).
This distribution formula was established after a vote by Nebraskans in November 2004, which passed Amendment 4.