Lincoln, Nebraska – The Nebraska Lottery recently distributed $12,600,007. This amount was obtained from a portion of Scratch and Lotto ticket sales over the previous three months.
Since the Nebraska Lottery’s inception on September 11, 1993, a total of $893,099,896 has been distributed via quarterly transfers. The most recent transfer, conducted during the week of September 30, was dispersed among recipients as follows:
Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $5,384,503; Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $5,384,503; Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $1,210,001; and Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $620,000.
Voters in Nebraska approved Amendment 4 in November 2004, establishing the following allocation formula: Education as directed by the Legislature (44.5 percent) – currently distributed to the Nebraska Education Improvement Fund; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (44.5 percent); Nebraska State Fair (10 percent); and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund (1 percent plus the first $500,000 in fund proceeds each fiscal year).
The relative totals of the monies to date are:
Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, $20,260,002; Nebraska Education Improvement Fund, $125,583,395; Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, $382,274,717; Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $66,362,468; and Nebraska State Fair Support and Improvement Fund, $66,362,468.
Prior to July 1, 2016, the Education Innovation Fund received $174,222,842 and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant Fund received $100,929,472.
Before July 1, 1997, the Solid Waste Landfill Closure Assistance Fund received a total of $18,460,996 in revenues. The legislature ordered a one-time transfer of $5 million to the State General Fund in 2004.
Criteria for gains Distributions are determined by beneficiary funds in compliance with statutory requirements. Every county in Nebraska has benefited from grants financed by proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery.
In December 2021, the Nebraska Lottery surpassed $3.5 billion in total sales (since 1993).