SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
West Virginia Lottery proceeds have improved the educational experience of West Virginia students from pre-school through their college years. Since 1986, West Virginia has invested nearly $3 billion from Lottery proceeds into education. These proceeds have significantly improved West Virginia's public education system by allowing for needed renovations and new school construction through the State School Building Authority and for Higher Education and Community and Technical College bonds. Lottery generated dollars have placed computers and upgraded technology in classrooms across the State through the West Virginia Department of Education and have helped provide higher education opportunities to our best and brightest students through the PROMISE Scholarship program
$3 billion to schools and education since 1986.
West Virginia Lottery proceeds have improved the quality of life for our seniors. Since 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $1 billion in proceeds that has helped the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services meet the nutritional, health, and long-term care needs of thousands of West Virginia senior citizens. Lottery dollars are used to help provide more than two million meals annually at county nutrition sites and homes across the state. The funding is also used for senior centers, transportation needs, caregiving, matching Medicaid funding for senior services, and to fund a property tax credit for seniors. Overall, West Virginia senior citizens benefited from an estimated $88.7 million in Lottery revenue in Fiscal Year 2015.
$1 billion to senior programs and services since 1986.
TOURISM AND STATE PARKS
West Virginia has striking natural beauty and offers a wide-range of outdoor activities and adventure that attracts visitors from around the world. Since 1994, more than $203 million in revenue generated by Racetrack Video Lottery has been directed to advertising funds for the state's tourism industry through a matching grants program established with the West Virginia Division of Tourism. In addition, Lottery revenue appropriated from other gaming sources is used to help the Division of Tourism, the Division of Natural Resources and the State Park Improvement Fund. In Fiscal Year 2015, $16.3 million in lottery proceeds were directed to tourism, brining the total amount of lottery proceeds invested into State Parks and Tourism since the Lottery was created to $920.6 million.