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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) and natural resources (1998). The Oregon Legislature transfers 1 percent of Lottery revenues every biennium to fund problem gambling treatment.

Distribution of Lottery Funds, 2015-2017 

fund distribution chart 2015-2017

Public Education, 58%
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, 26%
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.

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