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How Lottery Funds are Allocated

Over the years, Oregon voters have approved constitutional amendments allowing Lottery funds to be used for economic development (1984), public education (1995), natural resources (1998) and veteran services and outdoor school (2016). The Oregon Legislature transfers 1 percent of Lottery revenues every biennium to fund problem gambling treatment.

Distribution of Lottery Funds 

2018 fund distribution chart

Public Education, 53%
Lottery dollars are distributed into four areas within education: the Education Stability Fund, the State School Fund, colleges and universities and bonds. Lottery funds allocated to public education are administered by the Department of Education and Oregon University Systems.

Economic Development & Job Creation, 25.5%
Lottery funds are allocated for job creation and economic development, providing assistance for a variety of Oregon’s industries such as: manufacturing, high-tech, agriculture, fisheries, solar, medical, tourism, as well as small businesses. Business Oregon administers these funds and programs.

State Parks & Natural Resources, 15%
Lottery funds allocated to state parks and natural resources are administered through the Parks and Natural Resources Fund and divided equally between state parks (7.5%) and watershed enhancement/salmon restoration (7.5%). The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board administers most of the funds for watershed enhancement and restoration.

Veteran Services, 1.5%
Lottery proceeds allocated towards important veteran services, such as healthcare, job placement, education and home loans are administered through the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Outdoor School 4%
Outdoor School receives Lottery funding as of the 2018-2019 biennium. Oregon State University administers funds for schools participating in Outdoor School programs for their 5th and 6th graders. 

Problem Gambling Treatment
, 1%
Lottery funds allocated for problem gambling treatment are administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services and are distributed to programs throughout the state.

Good things by county

PDFs of Lottery funds to each county during the 2015-2017 biennieum