"He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left."
Matthew 25:33

Friday, February 29, 2008

Rep. Hansen Tells Us How Our Lottery Money Is NOT going to the Environment!

You know all those wonderful ads with the loon sounds playing in the background? They try to make us all feel so good about our lottery money going to the environment. Guess what. It's not what it looks like. See the figures below. Over a half a million dollars went directly into the general fund! Thats just here in House District 39A! If all the lottery money actually went to the environment I doubt we would have to even consider a Legacy Act. The information below comes from Rick Hansen's weekly email update.


From July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, gross sales in District 39A were $3,585,726. Of these sales, $1,758,298 were Scratch tickets while online Games account for $1,827,428. During this time 22 businesses in the district were lottery retailers, earning $210,824 in commissions and incentives.

District lottery sales resulted in $247,415 to the Environment & natural Resources Trust Fund and $516,344 to the General Fund. These amounts include unclaimed prize money. The Game & Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund each received $95,113 while $1,358,998 in prizes were redeemed in 39A.

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