Minnesota Lottery and the Environment: Playing Our Part

The Lottery is a big win for Minnesota

More than $2.7 billion has been has been generated for programs that benefit Minnesotans. Lottery proceeds help restore, enhance and protect high-quality habitat for Minnesota wildlife; fight invasive species; protect native species and improve air and water quality through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Natural Resources Fund, and the Game & Fish Fund. A portion of every dollar played supports General Fund programs like education, public safety and health & human services.


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Did You Know?

For every one dollar spent on lottery tickets, approximately 25 cents goes to our great state. Lottery proceeds help create more recreation by funding state parks and trails. Lottery proceeds support native bees and butterflies which help pollinate crops and support natural ecosystems. Proceeds also provide funding to improve water and habitat quality as well as helping to control invasive plants and species.

For every one dollar spent on lottery tickets, approximately 25 cents goes to our great state. Lottery proceeds help create more recreation by funding state parks and trails. Lottery proceeds support native bees and butterflies which help pollinate crops and support natural ecosystems.
Proceeds also provide funding to improve water and habitat quality as well as helping to control invasive plants and species.

Where does the Lottery money go?

Pie Chart - Fiscal Year 2017
Pie Chart - Fiscal Year 2017

What is the dollar-for-dollar breakdown?

For every dollar spent on lottery tickets in Fiscal Year 2017:

  • 61.7 cents was used to pay players prizes for winning tickets
  • 7.5 cents was used to pay ticket, lotto vendor and administrative costs
  • 6.0 cents was used to pay retailers in the form of commissions and incentives

The remaining money went to the state in the following ways:

  • 13.7 cents went to the state General Fund to support services such as K-12 education, health care, aid to local governments and public safety. Of this amount, $2.2 million was set aside to help combat problem gambling.
  • 6.3 cents went to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to finance projects that preserve, restore and enhance our state's natural resources. The Trust Fund  financed 89 projects in fiscal year 2017. To learn more about the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, visit the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources website.
  • 4.8 cents went to other programs supporting Minnesota's environment. This money provides over $25 million to fish and game, parks, trails and zoos through the Game and Fish Fund and the Natural Resources Fund each year.