About the Lottery

Where the Money Goes

We’ve raised more than $2.6 billion for Minnesota!

Common Loon on Minnesota Lake

Every time you play the Minnesota State Lottery, you give back to Minnesota. It’s true! For every $1 spent on lottery tickets, approximately 25¢ goes to our great state. Over the years, players have helped the Lottery raise more than $2.6 billion — and this number grows every day!

And since Lottery revenue is directed to the General Fund and the Minnesota environment, we all benefit. A little over half of the money from ticket sales has gone into the General Fund to support services like K-12 education, health care, aid to local governments and public safety. The rest of the revenue, more than $1 billion, has helped the environment in many ways through the following funds: (1) the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, (2) the Natural Resources Fund, and (3) the Game and Fish Fund.

From our blog:

Assessing Contaminants in Minnesota’s Loons and PelicansAssessing Contaminants in Minnesota’s Loons and Pelicans

The BP oil spill disaster seemed far away from Minnesota. But in reality, it hit a lot closer to home since some Minnesota-origin birds were wintering in the Gulf during the time of the spill. The DNR, and University of Minnesota researchers, identified the two species most likely affected by the oil spill.

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Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures

Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures

When you think of school, what comes to mind? You probably think of a traditional classroom setting with desks and a teacher lecturing in front of students.

What if education went beyond the classroom and placed students in their local communities as a backdrop to learning?

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Como Woodland Outdoor ClassroomComo Woodland Outdoor Classroom

Como Regional Park in St. Paul is Minnesota’s most visited park—attracting nearly 2 million people annually.

Steps away from the Park’s more well known attractions is an 18-acre natural area that Lottery proceeds helped to revitalize through an Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund grant: the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.

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Where does the Lottery money go? FY 2016

Pie Chart - Fiscal Year 2016
Pie Chart - Fiscal Year 2016


What is the dollar-for-dollar breakdown?

For every dollar spent on lottery tickets in Fiscal Year 2016:

  • 61.9 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:

  • 13.0 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. From the Lottery’s inception through June 2015, $1.44 billion has gone to the General Fund.
  • 6.5 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 is financing 89 projects, totaling $46.3 million, for fiscal year 2015. From the start of the Lottery through June 2015, the Trust Fund has received more than $684 million.
  • 4.6 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.