Schools and Education
More than $3 billion to schools and education since 1986.
West Virginia Lottery proceeds improve the educational experience of West Virginia students from pre-school through their college years. Since 1986, West Virginia has invested more than $3 Billion from Lottery proceeds into education. These proceeds have significantly improved West Virginia’s public education system by allowing for new school construction, and renovations, through the State School Building Authority. Lottery proceeds also help support 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.
West Virginia’s high school seniors entering colleges and universities across the State benefit from lottery dollars through the PROMISE Scholarship Fund. In FY 2016, approximately $29 million from Limited Video Lottery Revenue was directed to help the PROMISE program reward West Virginia’s best and brightest students with the opportunity to attend an in-state college or university. Since 2002, the West Virginia Lottery has provided $370.5 million to the PROMISE Scholarship Program and in turn given thousands of West Virginians a college education. More than 50,000 West Virginia students have recieved PROMISE Scholarships since 2002.
More than $1.1 billion to senior programs and services since 1986.
West Virginia Lottery proceeds improve the quality of life of our seniors. Since 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $1.1 Billion in proceeds that have helped the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services meet the nutritional, health, and long-term care needs of tens 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 statewide. The funding also is used for senior centers, transportation needs, care giving, matching Medicaid funding for senior services, and to fund a property tax credit for seniors. Overall, West Virginia senior citizens benefited from an estimated $79 million in Lottery revenue in FY 2016.
Tourism and State Parks
$979 million to tourism and State Parks since 1986.
West Virginia’s scenic natural beauty, and wide-range of outdoor activities, attracts visitors from around the world. Since 1994, more than $209 million in revenue generated by Racetrack Video Lottery has been directed to advertising funds for the state 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 2016, $16.2 million in lottery proceeds were directed to tourism related areas, bringing the total amount of Lottery proceeds invested into thestate’s tourism industry to $979 million.