BOISE, Idaho (KLIX)- The Idaho Lottery handed over a hefty check to the state's governor at an event marking its 27th year in operation. According to lottery officials the Idaho Lottery handed over its biggest check to date with a ten percent increase from last years dividend. This year Governor Butch Otter received $49,500,000 dollars in revenue generated by state lottery sales.

“Each year, the Idaho Lottery delivers on its commitment to support Idaho public schools and our State’s permanent facilities,” said Governor Otter.  “Fairness and integrity are at the heart of the Lottery’s daily mission and all their operations. This commitment is the driving force behind their ability to provide the people of Idaho with essential dividend revenues year-in and year-out.”

Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson says this was the most successful year in operation for the lottery in its history.  “Our achievements today would not be possible without our statewide retailer network, our vendor partners, and everyone who plays the Lottery. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our good causes.”

The Idaho Lottery ended its Fiscal Year on June 30, recording $236.1 million in annual sales, awarding $153.8 million in prizes to players, and retailers earning $13.8 million in commissions – all new Idaho Lottery records.

Governor Otter in turn handed state education officials divided checks including $30,957,500 to the state superintendent.  $18,562,500 is earmarked for the Department of Education for use by the districts in their public schools and the remaining $12,375,000 is for the Department’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. Since inception, the Idaho Lottery has contributed over $402 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

 

The Lottery ceremony was held on the grounds of Valley View Elementary in west Boise to showcase how Lottery dividend dollars are translated into meaningful projects that improve student safety and scholastic achievement.

 

Governor Otter also presented a check worth $18,562,500 for the Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council.  Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned over $341 million to support Idaho’s permanent buildings.