Missouri Lottery sets record for monthly school payment

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 5:56 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Lottery has set a monthly record for the amount of money it transfers to education.
   
The lottery says it transferred more than $30 million to public schools from March ticket sales, breaking the previous record of $29 million set last September.
   
Lottery Director May Scheve Reardon attributes part of the increase to sales for a record-high Mega Millions jackpot. She says the state also had record sales for its Scratchers games.
   
The majority of lottery revenues go toward prizes. But Missouri law directs a portion to public schools through the state budget. Lawmakers this year are considering whether to increase the amount of lottery revenues used in the budget.
 

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