Nixon Orders Review of Missouri Lottery Operations

By KOLR10 News

Published 07/23 2014 04:04PM

Updated 07/23 2014 06:57PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an announcement Wednesday, Governor Jay Nixon says he has ordered the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Missouri’s Lottery’s operations.

The review is to assess the ability to carry out the voter-approved mandate to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

In 1992, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in which Missouri Lottery revenues are earmarked solely for public education.

Nixon reports, in Fiscal Year 2014, the percent of lottery revenues going to education dropped to 23 percent. That’s its lowest point in at about a decade. However, lottery ticket sales continued to increase.

"For more than two decades, Missourians have counted on the lottery to help provide the resources our schools need to deliver the high quality education our kids deserve," Nixon says. "Today, we have a responsibility to make sure the lottery keeps its promise to our public schools in an efficient and effective manner. This comprehensive review will help ensure the Missouri Lottery continues to fulfill its mission of providing a stable funding source for Missouri schools now and for years to come."

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