Michigan Lottery Contributes Record-Breaking $1.419 Billion to School Aid Fund in 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that the Michigan Lottery contributed a record-breaking $1.419 billion to the School Aid Fund during the 2021 fiscal year.

This marks the third straight year that the Michigan Lottery has contributed contributed more than $1 billion to the School Aid Fund.

“When Michiganders play to win, our students and schools win too,” said Governor Whitmer in a statement. “The Michigan Lottery’s record contribution to the School Aid Fund helps us keep kids safe and learning in-person, delivers critical funding to support K-12 programs, and ensures every family has access to a high-quality, public education. The Lottery’s record-setting performance over the last seven years has helped us put Michigan students first. Together, we have closed the funding gap between schools, raised per-student funding, and improved school facilities, all without raising taxes. I am grateful to everyone who has made this substantial investment in our kids possible.”

Lottery contributions to the School Aid Fund over the prior six years were:

  • FY20: $1.179 billion
  • FY19: $1.070 billion
  • FY18:  $941.2 million
  • FY17:  $924.1 million
  • FY16:  $888.9 million
  • FY15:  $795.5 million

Since the Lottery began in 1972, it has raised more than $26 billion for public education in the state. Nearly $7.2 billion of that money was raised over the last seven years.

For each dollar spent on a Michigan Lottery ticket in 2021, approximately:

  • 61 cents went to players as prizes
  • 28 cents went to the School Aid Fund to support public education
  • 9 cents went to commissions for retailers and vendors
  • 2 cents funded the Lottery’s operations and administrative costs

State law require all profits from the Lottery go to the School Aid Fund.