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How Lottery Funds Are Allocated

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Oregonians vote to approve how Oregon Lottery funds are distributed. Over the years, voters have approved constitutional amendments allowing Lottery funds to be used for economic development (1984), public education (1995) and natural resources (1998). Some funds are constitutionally dedicated by voters.

How Lottery Funds Are AllocatedLottery funds distribution 2013-2015:


  • Public Education (57%) - 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 (27%) - Today, 27% of 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.
  • State Parks & Natural Resources (15%) - Lottery funds allocated to state parks and natural resources are administered through the Parks & Natural Resources Fund and divided equally between state parks (7.5%) and watershed enhancement/salmon restoration (7.5%).
  • 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.

County by County Allocation


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2011 - 2013
2009 - 2011
2007 - 2009**
2005 - 2007*
2003 - 2005
2001 - 2003
1999 - 2001



**2007 - 2009 Distribution Supplement
*2005 - 2007 Distribution Supplement


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