Danny's Desk: News from the Virginia General Assembly
Feb 16, 2016

Does Lottery Money Go to the Schools?

A question asked of me from time to time is whether Virginia Lottery money really goes to schools and how much? This week we received a new report from 2015 with current information.

After the bills are paid and the winners awarded their money, every dollar of Lottery profit benefits K-12 public education. In 2015, $533.8 million went to Virginia schools. Lottery money is designated for particular programs such as class size reduction, textbooks, school breakfast, early reading intervention and more.

In our region, the following amounts were awarded to the school systems in our area from the 2015 Lottery. The amounts vary according to the number of students who are benefited by the programs supported by the lottery: Danville-$6,497,461;  Henry County-$6,923,948;  Pittsylvania County-$5,520,635; Martinsville-$256,218.

Also, the “unclaimed” prize money, which in 2015 was $12.4 million, goes to the Literary Fund, which supports school construction and teacher retirement funding. The total Virginia Lottery profits generated for Virginia’s K-12 public schools since 1999 is $7 billion.

Our legislative work continues in Richmond. By the time you read this, our work will have reached a peak and we will have acted upon all House bills that were introduced this year. We are beginning work on bills coming over from the Virginia Senate. The budget is being developed and carefully balanced by the Appropriations and Finance committees.

There were 1,391 House bills and 781 Senate bills introduced for our 8 week session. Usually about a fourth to a third of the bills pass, while the rest go to studies, are carried over, or fail. I will report on more of these bills that affect our area and our citizens as we have final language and results.

As bills progress through the Legislature, you are able to find information about them and track them by going to the Virginia General Assembly Website. You can even request alerts. Access the webpage: virginiageneralassembly.gov

We are currently in our offices in Richmond. You can contact us by sending an e-mail to DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov or by sending a letter to me at PO Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218-0406, or by calling 804-698-1014. And, visit www.dannymarshall.com to complete our 2016 Survey (on lower right Homepage).