© 2023 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Schools Get Less Lottery Funding

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri's public schools are getting $15 million less from the state's lottery than the previous year.

The $215 million in funding from the Missouri Lottery is on target with what the agency promised for the current fiscal year. But in 2004 the agency provided $230 million in funding.

Lottery Spokesman Gary Gonder says the decrease is because of a dip in sales. He blames that in part on legislative budget cuts to the agency over the last three years.

"Really I think the cumulative effects of those cuts are finally being felt and obviously a $15 million reduction is nothing we're very proud of," Gonder said.

Gonder says the Missouri Lottery has lost about 25 percent of its funding from the state, or about $13 million, since 2002.

He says that means less money can be spent on advertising or to create new lottery games to attract players.


Send questions and comments about this story to feedback@stlpublicradio.org.