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The Missouri Lottery will cut their funding to public schools

April 25, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau
Links: www.molottery.com

A loss for the Missouri Lottery is a guaranteed bust for Missouri's public schools.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Lottery will cut their funding to public schools.

Last year the Missouri Lottery gave more than 230 million dollars public schools.

This year they'll cut that amount by 15 million dollars.

Missouri Lottery Director Jim Scroggins says the loss is due to declining lottery to ticket sales and budget cuts.

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Contents: "We're going to be down about 40 million on Powerball alone and our other products, some of them are down, some are up, but in the end we're going to be down some 20 to 25 million."

St. Louis City Representative Connie Johnson says the lottery cut means the state will have to find more money to fund their plan for public schools.

Lottery contributions make up about four percent of public education funding in Missouri.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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A decline in Missouri Lottery ticket sales is a bad bet for public schools.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Lottery will cut its contribution to Missouri Public Schools by 15 million dollars.

Last year the Lottery generated 230 million dollars for public schools.

This year, that amount dips to 215 million.

Lottery Director Jim Scroggins says the cut stems from declining lottery ticket sales and budget cuts.

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Contents: "Sometime at the end of May and June we'll sit down put a plan together for next year and we'll take the money we have and try to do the best we can."

Lottery contributions make up about four percent of the State's funding for public schools.

St. Louis City Representative Connie Johnson says the cut will make funding the State's plan for public schools more difficult.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.