Giving Back to Virginia Public Schools

At the Virginia Lottery, we take playing seriously. Fun matters. Excitement matters. And so

does the education of Virginia's youngest residents. It's the reason we play so enthusiastically. Every time

you scratch a ticket or pick your numbers for the big jackpot, you are creating winners in education all over Virginia. Last year, the Lottery contributed more than $765 million to Virginia's public schools.

The Lottery works for education

In Fiscal Year 2021, the Virginia Lottery had sales of nearly $3.26 billion. Of this total, the Lottery generated more than $766 million for K-12 public education; more than $2.2 billion went back to players in the form of prizes, more than $139 million went to the retailers who sell Virginia Lottery tickets, and $147 million went to operational expenses.

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for K-12 public education in Virginia. On this page, you can find the breakdown of historical Lottery sales figures. Below that data, you can see how much of the FY2020 profits were given to each public-school division in Virginia.

When Virginians voted in 1987 for a state-operated lottery, some people assumed that they voted on how to spend the Lottery's proceeds. This was not the case. Lottery proceeds, which are approximately one-third of Lottery sales, were to be used as determined by the General Assembly. The use of the proceeds has changed over time. In 1989, Lottery proceeds were dedicated to capital-construction projects. From 1990 to 1998, Lottery proceeds were transferred to the state's General Fund. Starting in 1999, a state budget amendment sent Lottery proceeds to local public-school divisions to be used solely for educational purposes. In 2000, more than 80% of Virginia voters said yes to the creation of the State Lottery Proceeds Fund. The measure, now a permanent part of Virginia's Constitution, directs all Virginia Lottery profits to be used solely for educational purposes.

Virginia Lottery Revenue Distribution


Fiscal Year Sales Prizes Retailer Compensation Operating Expenses Proceeds*
2021 $3.259 b $2.206 b $139.3 m $147.4 m $766.7 m
2020 $2.149 b $1.318 b $120.7 m $116.9 m $595.3 m
2019 $2.293 b $1.402 b $128.7 m $115.6 m $649.7 m
2018
$2.139 b $1.307 b $121.3 m $105.5 m $606.2 m
2017  $1.990 b $1.214 b $112.0 m   $106.3 m   $558.3 m
2016  $2.007 b $1.208 b $112.7 m   $98.7 m   $588.2 m
2015  $1.844 b $1.116 b  $103.9 m   $90.8 m   $533.8 m
2014  $1.811 b $1.082 b  $101.5 m   $89.7 m   $538.6 m
2013 $1.689 b $1.025 b $95.0 m $84.1 m $486.5 m
2012 $1.616 b $962.3 m $90.7 m $77.9 m $487.1 m
2011 $1.482 b $881.0 m $83.8 m $74.9 m $444.2 m
2010 $1.435 b $852.7 m $80.4 m $73.8 m $430.2 m
2009 $1.365 b $781.0 m $76.9 m $73.7 m $439.1 m
2008 $1.386 b $792.3 m $77.7 m $73.7 m $455.3 m
2007 $1.362 b $791.7 m $76.4 m $68.0 m $437.1 m
2006 $1.365 b $773.5 m $76.2 m $69.7 m $454.9 m
2005 $1.333 b $774.6 m $75.6 m $66.2 m $423.5 m
2004 $1.262 b $720.2 m $70.7 m $68.1 m $408.1 m
2003 $1.135 b $638.1 m $63.0 m $69.3 m $375.2 m
2002 $1.108 b $613.7 m $62.2 m $75.2 m $367.7 m
2001 $1.002 b $557.3 m $55.9 m $73.1 m $329.1 m
2000 $973.0 m $537.3 m $55.2 m $67.2 m $323.5 m
1999 $934.5 m $506.9 m $52.1 m $68.8 m $321.9 m
1998 $914.2 m $503.8 m $49.5 m $69.8 m $318.9 m
1997 $920.8 m $475.5 m $49.5 m $64.8 m $342.5 m
1996 $924.3 m $489.6 m $49.1 m $64.1 m $332.6 m
1995 $902.5 m $487.3 m $48.4 m $65.6 m $311.6 m
1994 $875.5 m $465.6 m $47.5 m $65.8 m $303.5 m
1993 $843.4 m $444.7 m $45.0 m $63.5 m $297.0 m
1992 $846.6 m $454.3 m $45.2 m $64.5 m $290.8 m
1991 $790.3 m $421.0 m $41.9 m $53.3 m $294.5 m
1990 $474.8 m $252.4 m $24.7 m $43.1 m $156.5 m
1989 $409.1 m $205.9 m $20.6 m $41.6 m $140.5 m
TOTAL

$44.8 billion

$26.3 billion $2.45 billion $2.55 billion $13.8 billion

*Not all proceeds earned in a fiscal year are appropriated in that year.

Making a difference in your community

County and City Revenue
School Division FY 2021
Accomack County Public Schools 3,816,630.02
Albemarle County Public Schools 4,310,737.84
Alexandria City Public Schools 3,890,155.26
Alleghany County Public Schools 1,655,335.81
Amelia County Public Schools 1,015,482.98
Amherst County Public Schools 3,592,952.38
Appomattox County Public Schools 1,765,666.80
Arlington County Public Schools 4,172,181.21
Augusta County Public Schools 6,584,282.05
Bath County Public Schools 290,598.38
Bedford County Public Schools 5,212,718.96
Bland County Public Schools 424,397.16
Botetourt County Public Schools 1,846,320.72
Bristol City Public Schools 2,135,724.69
Brunswick County Public Schools 1,737,184.58
Buchanan County Public Schools 2,191,690.12
Buckingham County Public Schools 1,530,435.26
Buena Vista City Public School 879,051.28
Campbell County Public Schools 5,683,763.18
Caroline County Public Schools 2,882,718.01
Carroll County Public Schools 2,909,387.12
Charles City Public Schools 405,608.09
Charlotte County Public Schools 1,328,886.00
Charlottesville City Public Schools 2,153,619.33
Chesapeake City Public Schools 24,995,428.92
Chesterfield County Public Schools 30,041,981.83
Clarke County Public Schools 423,737.62
Colonial Beach Town Public Schools 511,303.77
Colonial Heights City Public S 1,790,083.09
Covington City Public Schools 824,185.25
Craig County Public Schools 555,953.38
Culpeper Count Public Schools 5,057,119.29
Cumberland County Public Schools 1,081,842.67
Danville City Public Schools 6,450,603.34
Dickenson County Public Schools 1,726,411.39
Dinwiddie County Public Schools 3,192,882.42
Emporia City Public Schools 924,817.00
Essex County Public Schools 828,331.65
Fairfax City Public Schools 367,386.00
Fairfax County Public Schools 45,080,869.17
Falls Church City Public Schools 282,972.03
Fauquier County Public Schools 3,636,342.75
Floyd County Public Schools 1,270,472.39
Fluvanna County Public Schools 2,038,486.71
Franklin City Public Schools 1,293,575.90
FranklinCounty Public Schools 4,659,814.03
Frederick County Public Schools 6,318,523.46
Fredericksburg City Public 1,863,774.09
Galax City Public Schools 1,171,683.77
Giles County Public Schools 1,921,693.07
Gloucester County Public Schools 2,401,049.95
Goochland County Public Schools 419,268.20
Grayson County Public Schools 1,173,726.09
Greene County Public Schools 2,161,399.07
Greensville County Public Schools 1,136,269.60
Halifax County Public Schools 3,869,510.95
Hampton City Public Schools 17,372,114.00
Hanover County Public Schools 6,042,145.74
Harrisonburg City Public Schools 6,542,763.13
Henrico County Public Schools 28,308,468.76
Henry County Public Schools 7,386,457.36
Highland County Public Schools 907,526.14
Hopewell City Public Schools 4,636,308.81
Isle of Wight County Public Schools 2,863,601.89
James City County Public Schools 3,572,210.88
King and Queen County Public Schools 614,928.09
King George County Public Schools 1,805,360.77
King William County Public Schools 1,333,693.56
Lancaster County Public School 422,024.26
Lee County Public Schools 3,174,975.35
Lexington City Public Schools 237,820.00
Loudoun County Public Schools 22,068,890.60
Louisa County Public Schools 2,489,680.37
Lunenburg County Public School 1,393,667.57
Lynchburg City Public Schools 7,179,510.98
Madison County Public Schools 878,108.51
Manassas City Public Schools 6,411,205.95
Manassas Park City Public Schools 3,750,543.22
Martinsville City Public Schools 2,239,288.71
Mathews County Public Schools 417,646.84
Mecklenburg County Public Schools 2,778,514.21
Middlesex County Public School 543,854.79
Montgomery County Public Schools 5,187,074.48
Nelson County Public Schools 843,102.63
New Kent County Public Schools 1,113,235.07
Newport News City Public Schools 27,582,279.09
Norfolk City Public Schools 25,752,406.90
Northampton County Public Schools 1,321,517.45
Northumberland County Public Schools 452,930.85
Norton City Public Schools 777,745.41
Nottoway County Public Schools 2,257,225.20
Orange County Public Schools 2,857,154.83
Page County Public Schools 2,712,197.76
Patrick County Public Schools 1,722,877.89
Petersburg City Public Schools 5,483,550.44
Pittsylvania County Public Schools 6,446,002.27
Poquoson City Public Schools 914,849.39
Portsmouth City Public Schools 14,273,367.71
Powhatan County Public Schools 1,520,239.93
Prince Edward County Public Schools 1,699,273.35
Prince George County Public Schools 3,672,688.77
Prince William County Public Schools 53,589,808.37
Pulaski County Public Schools 3,113,008.27
Radford City Public Schools 1,456,457.58
Rappahannock County Public Schools 624,707.11
Richmond City Public Schools 22,473,504.52
Richmond County Public Schools 1,261,281.58
Roanoke City Public Schools 16,964,113.50
Roanoke County Public Schools 6,278,019.37
Rockbridge County Public Schools 1,304,341.51
Rockingham County Public Schools 6,861,559.14
Russell County Public Schools 4,026,014.75
Salem City Public Schools 2,433,687.82
Scott County Public Schools 3,847,164.19
Shenandoah County Public Schools 4,594,350.51
Smyth County Public Schools 3,849,947.51
Southampton County Public Schools 2,596,703.90
Spotsylvania County Public Schools 12,954,382.63
Stafford County Public Schools 13,653,191.37
Staunton City Public Schools 1,727,027.22
Suffolk City Public Schools 9,983,874.00
Surry County Public Schools 299,167.09
Sussex County Public Schools 1,236,839.05
Tazewell County Public Schools 4,273,726.43
Virginia Beach City Public Schools 36,195,692.37
Warren County Public Schools 2,770,286.21
Washington County Public Schools 2,801,527.91
Waynesboro City Public Schools
2,801,527.91
West Point Town Public Schools 452,356.64
Westmoreland County Public Schools 1,308,366.62
Williamsburg City Public Schools 342,604.70
Winchester City Public Schools 3,298,992.67
Wise County Public Schools 4,986,982.33
Wythe County Public Schools 2,810,325.09
York County Public Schools 4,772,220.62
  707,787,123.87

Lottery Proceeds Fund balances are distributed by the Virginia Department of Education in accordance with the approved state budget. Details are included in the current year’s Appropriation Act in the Office of Education Budget.

Literary Fund

By law, all unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes go to the Literary Fund, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public-school construction, renovations and technology upgrades. The Lottery transferred $10.3 million to the Literary Fund in Fiscal Year 2021. Since 1988, the Lottery has transferred more than $320 million in unclaimed prizes to the Literary Fund.

Set-Off Debt Collection Act

The Lottery also participates in the Setoff Debt Collection Act, in which prize payments are withheld to pay certain obligations that the prizewinner owes. Examples of these obligations are state and federal taxes, child support and tuition from state universities or colleges. The Virginia Lottery collected more than $4.8 million in FY2021 and has collected a total of more than $41.6 million since 1988.

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Where Virginia Lottery Profits Go

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for public education in the Commonwealth, for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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FY 2021 Annual Financial Report

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