Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Lotteries raise money by selling numbered tickets for prizes that are given to the holders of numbers drawn at random. Lotteries are a popular way to fund education; prekindergarten services are included in some states:

  • Thirteen states have lotteries with a stated purpose of funding education. Georgia has consistently used lottery proceeds to fund a universal preschool program, and Florida has funded its preschool program partly with lottery dollars.[1]
  • In 2003, the Oklahoma legislature approved a two-part ballot measure to establish an education lottery and enact a constitutional amendment to ensure that all proceeds benefit education from prekindergarten through 12th grade. The Oklahoma State Legislature appropriates 45 percent of funds in the Oklahoma Lottery Education Trust Fund to elementary and secondary education, K–12. Funding can be used to provide compensation for public school teachers, support employees, support early childhood development programs, and the like.[2]
  • Tennessee voters have also approved establishing a lottery and the use of its proceeds for prekindergarten to 12th-grade education.[3]
 

[1] Save the Children Action Network (2015). Innovative financing for early childhood education: State and local options. Author. Retrieved from https://www.savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/state-local-toolbox-financing-solutions.pdf.

[2] Oklahoma Lottery and Gaming Department. (n.d.). Oklahoma Lottery homepage [Web site]. Retrieved from https://www.lottery.ok.gov/.

[3] Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. (n.d.). Where the money goes [Web page]. Retrieved from http://www.tnlottery.com/wheremoneygoes/where_benefits.aspx.