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Oregon’s lottery is both a public trust and a market-driven business. Lottery dollars fund education, economic development, state parks, watershed enhancement and gambling addiction treatment and awareness throughout the state.
The Lottery’s mission is set out in Article XV of Oregon’s constitution:
Operate a lottery with the highest standards of security and integrity to earn maximum profits for the people of Oregon commensurate with the public good.
The Oregon Lottery is the state’s second largest funding source after personal income tax, contributing over $9 billion to state funding since 1985. The organization runs a complex business that earns profits in a responsible way to reduce potential social costs, such as gambling addiction.
Since it began selling tickets in 1985, the Lottery has grown to become the second largest revenue producer for the state, following income tax revenues and continues to do good things for Oregon. Since 1985, the Lottery has transferred over $9 billion to help support public education, economic development, state parks and watershed enhancement. It has also paid players over $28 billion in prizes.
See how the Oregon Lottery helped your county during 2011 through 2013.