SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The California Lottery unveiled a new interactive tool Thursday that lets the public track how much funding area schools received from the lottery.
The tool is an interactive map of the state that allows people to see how money is broken down by county.
When hovering your mouse over San Mateo County, it shows that public schools in the county received $8,105,561 during the first quarter of California’s fiscal year in 2021-22.
Another feature of the tool is searching for a school or school district in a particular county. If you search South San Francisco Unified, it shows the district received $603,442 for the first quarter of the 2021-22 fiscal year and a cumulative total of $51,057,106 since 1985.
“We developed this follow-the-dollars feature on our website to help Californians better understand the true purpose of the lottery,” said California State Lottery Director Alva V. Johnson. “We exist solely to generate additional money for public schools, and this tool demonstrates our commitment not only to our mission but our commitment to transparency as well.”
Public school funding from the lottery comes from every ticket sale and additional money comes from unclaimed prizes.
According to the lottery website, public schools in California have been given more than $39 billion since lottery tickets first went on sale in the state in 1985.
When money is distributed to public schools, the lottery said State’s Controller’s Office determines how much of the lottery’s funds are dispersed. The money is distributed to schools from elementary grades all the way to college-level education institutions.
Here is how the money is divided between public schools in California, according to the lottery:
- Grades K-12 — 79.9%
- Community colleges — 14%
- California State University system —
- University of California — 2.3%
- Other educational entities — 0.1%
This article was edited to include info on Bay Area counties and school districts. The original version of this story had numbers from Sacramento County and the Sacramento Unified School District.